Volunteer with us



Are you passionate about community?

Are you looking to develop your skillset?

Why not apply for one of our volunteer roles advertised here?

We’re currently recruiting for a wide range of volunteers who can help us to continue to make Pembroke House a community hub for Walworth. Click on one of the volunteer roles below for more information:

 Communications Co-ordinator


Please contact Rachael Gledhill, our volunteer co-ordinator, at volunteers@pembrokehouse.org.uk or on 020 7703 3803 for more information on how to apply. 


We love our volunteers!

Pembroke House would not be able to do all that it does without its volunteers.That’s why we like to celebrate our volunteers for all that they do for us.

Check out some photos from our Big Lunch volunteer celebration in June 2015 as we joined in National Volunteering Week.


Some of our fantastic volunteers with the Mayor Dora Dixon-Fyle


Mike our Director of Projects and Strategy presenting a certificate to Bridget

There are always opportunities to volunteer here at Pembroke House. If you’d like to know about where you could best fit in, please email Rachel, our Volunteer Co-ordinator, at volunteers@pembrokehouse.org.uk, or call the Pembroke House Office on 0207 703 3803.


Residential volunteers past and present with Grisel our Director of Projects and Finance

Each volunteer brings with them a different story to Pembroke House.  Take a little time to check out some of our key volunteers of 2014 and 2015:



It allows me to live a fuller life and to contribute more” Jessie

In the summer of 2014, Jessie moved into the Residency, a home for residential volunteers next to Pembroke House.

4 days a week, Jessie works as the Network Organiser for the New Economics Foundation; 1 day a week she gives back to the community where she lives by volunteering at Pembroke House. Jessie spends 5 hours a week working on Pembroke House’s communications which includes co-ordinating social media, and producing posters.

Jessie and Lunch Club

Jessie (second from left) and members of the Lunch Club on day trip to Cambridge.

Her latest project is a revamp of the community centre’s website. In return, she pays a subsidised rent which means she gets a “great deal” for living in central London, and gets to be part of a “magical” community. One of her favourite things is living in the Residency with “brilliant” people of a similar age who are also passionate about community building. She says:

“It’s like I’ve found a family in the heart of London. The house is always a hive of creative activity, and the big kitchen table is a good place to share ideas and to learn from each other.”

Here’s one of Jessie’s favourite Pembroke House moments that she captured on film: members of the Lunch Club having a rowdy sing on the bus on the way back from their trip to Cambridge.

Thank you Jessie for all that you do for Pembroke House! Check out our 2014 Annual Report to see Jessie’s hard work for yourself!



Kirsty and her children enjoying her leaving present: a book of songs from our Songs and Music for Babies and Toddlers sessions.

Recently, we had to say a sad goodbye to Kirsty-Leigh. Kirsty has been volunteering at our Songs and Music for Babies and Toddlers session on Wednesdays for about five months.  She has helped prepare the fruit for our healthy eating at the end of the sessions, set up the room ready for the families to arrive, and participated in all the songs. Kirsty has been utterly fantastic and has brought a lot of fun into the session and the lives of the children. When asked what was her favourite thing about volunteering here, she said: “Meeting all the staff and children, they are all lovely and was made to feel welcome from the start. I loved singing and dancing with the children.” Her least favourite thing? “Nothing apart from leaving.” We are very grateful for all the time she has dedicated to Pembroke House and we wish her well as she moves on from this place 🙂


Because it was Student Volunteering Week at the end of February, we thought that we would make our fantastic student volunteer Jess our volunteer of the month. Whilst some people hibernate after a term at university, Jess packs her bags and comes to Pembroke House to get involved with what we do here.

Here’s a bit about her:


Jess is currently a student at Pembroke College in Cambridge. In July 2014, she decided to spend two weeks getting stuck in at Pembroke House…and she caught the bug! When her winter term ended, she came back to a warm PH welcome from staff and volunteers.
She says,

I couldn’t wait to return during the Christmas vacation. The office team and the other volunteers were so friendly and welcoming, and I felt that  I really had a positive impact during my short but intense time there.”


This is what she got up to in December:


  • Help out at Academic Support, at IntoUniversity which involves after-school homework and study sessions
  • Prepare a mood board for the re-design of the office and tower room
  • Have dinner and stay at the Residency, a six bedroom house where part time volunteers for Pembroke House live


  • Have a job interview in central London
  • Make African drums with primary school children
  • Help out at The Choir With No Name, a great choir for the homeless and formerly homeless


  • Office odd jobs
  • Help set up for the Baby and Toddler Music Group
  • Attend the end of term party at IntoUniversity’s academic support


  • Explore Walworth on the hunt for a local printing company to print the annual report and to find crackers for the Lunch Club’s Christmas party
  • Assist in the kitchen cooking Christmas dinner for over 30 people!


  • Accompany IntoUniversity to All Saints ARK Academy to hold two workshops – one about learning styles, and the other about how the pupils can achieve their aspirations.
  • Decorate noticeboards with photos of our recent Christmas Barn Dance
  • Help out at IntoUniversity mentoring schemeYou can read more fully about her experience here on the Pembroke College Website: http://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/kit-smarts-blog/a-week-at-pembroke-house/


*Volunteer of the Month: JANUARY*

Ye poster photo

Ye began volunteering at Pembroke House after seeing the Lunch Club vacancy on his university’s website.  He says, “Earlier on this year, I just lost my grandfather…Though I accompanied him in his very last days of life, I regret that I did not spend more time with him. Now I wish to spend time with older people and deliver happiness to them.”

Ye became a celebrated member of the Lunch Club, helping out preparing the food and cleaning up afterwards. He really valued the experience, saying that Pembroke House “is a wonderful chance to connect with people.”

Ye also got involved in lots of other projects at Pembroke House. Sinead, from IntoUniversity says, “Ye volunteered with IntoUniversity twice a week during the 6 weeks before Christmas. He was amazing at recognizing the talent and potential each child had…All of the IntoUniversity staff members and the other volunteers thought that Ye has a special talent for working with young people – we hope he will continue to positively influence many more young people back in China!”


Ye and other volunteers at our volunteer celebration on International Volunteer’s Day.