Your skills and a little bit of your time

INS welcomes anybody who is willing to offer their skills and some of their time to assist us in all areas of our work.

We already have over 80 invaluable volunteers who help us in many ways but we are currently looking for more support in the following areas:-


Befrienders provide practical and emotional support as well as relief from stress and isolation for INS clients and their family carers. The service is provided by trained and supported volunteers whose aim is to offer ongoing support, practical help and friendship.

As a Befriender you would be asked to visit someone who would welcome regular visits, or who might need help to get out and about – shopping, a trip to the cinema or whatever. Your visit might also provide an opportunity for the family carer to take a well-deserved break from their caring role.

Volunteer Befrienders are given training and are fully supported in their role, with regular meetings to get to know other Befrienders and discuss any problems. Clients and Befrienders are carefully matched and both sides can withdraw from the arrangement at any time.

The role of the Befriender is hugely appreciated by our clients and Befrienders usually find it enjoyable and extremely rewarding. The project offers Befrienders opportunities to learn new skills and build on existing ones, the satisfaction of building a relationship with people they visit and social contact with other volunteers and staff


Like most charities, INS is dependent on fundraising to enable it to continue its work and we need help in all areas – from coffee mornings, to quiz nights, to applications to the Lottery and we welcome people who are able to give some time either to fundraise independently or to join our fundraising team. New ideas are always needed! Learn more


Clients can become involved with our education programme talking to medical students during the regular training sessions that INS delivers to St. George’s University of London. Learn more

Office Support

We are keen to recruit  additional, regular support from people with good IT and office skills to help our office administrator.

Information Technology

We need experienced people to help us with a wide range of IT issues, including: desktop publishing; setting up online databases; streamlining systems; creating a picture library; archiving.

Other Areas

If you have a particular skill to offer that is not mentioned here, please get in touch to discuss it.

How to Volunteeer

To learn more about volunteering opportunities please email: admin@ins.org.uk