We're hiring – join East London Cares as Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

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East London Cares is a brand new community network of younger and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing city. 

Our objectives are to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older and younger people alike; to help improve the skills, connection, belonging, purpose and power of all participants so that older and younger people can confidently navigate the modern world; and to bring people together to bridge social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides.

We are looking for brilliant people to fill our first two posts, to build East London Cares from scratch, and to engage and involve people in our core programmes. This role, as East London Cares' Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, is one of those posts and is key to our success. 

It will be your job to identify and invite the older people who will be part of our activities, to inspire a growing volunteer network of young people in the city, and to bring those two groups together to share time, laughter and new experiences. All of that requires a broad skill set including open communication, good organisation and patience in abundance. And it requires characteristics including an outgoing personality, personal warmth and determination. 

You will meet hundreds of older people and young professionals all across Tower Hamlets and Hackney – leading our induction and onboarding processes, and ensuring safeguarding, records and storytelling procedures are upheld to the highest standards.

You will be able to confidently and clearly articulate East London Cares’ vision and the aims and objectives of the charity so that all participants and stakeholders – including older and younger neighbours, family members, local authorities and other business and community partners – understand the unique role we play. You will also lead our annual Winter Wellbeing project, helping older neighbours to stay warm, active, healthy and connected during the most isolating time of year. 

In short, you will represent East London Cares and its values, ethos, and unique community network model with surety, skill and a belief in and passion for better connected communities. 

When you join our team, you will work partly from our shared office in London Fields, and partly from the communities across Tower Hamlets and Hackney in which East London Cares will deliver its programmes. 

If that sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you.


  • Permanent, full time role (40 hours per week)
  • Location: London Fields, Hackney 
  • Salary: £25,000 (plus travel)


To apply please send a CV and covering letter telling us why you’re right for this role to Rosa Friend at [email protected]

Applications should be received no later than 1pm on Wednesday 19th June 2019.

  • First round interviews: Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June 2019.
  • Second round interviews: Thursday 4th July 2019.
  • Starting date: Wednesday 4th September 2019.

Please read the full job description below for further information.

Rosa Friend

Posted by Rosa Friend on Thursday 23rd May 2019

Rosa Friend is East London Cares' Head of Programmes. She's been with the Cares Family for four years, previously developing our outreach programme and leading the teams at South London Cares, Liverpool Cares and Manchester Cares. 

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