Volunteering opportunities

Become part of our events crew, share your professional expertise, sign up to become a T1 Speaker or a Community Ambassador. If you don't see a role that fits your skills or motivations, let us know and we can discuss a unique opportunity for you.

Event Crew

Our Event Crew is a team of volunteers working together at JDRF events to help all events run like clockwork and as a result raise the most awareness and funds for life-changing research that they can.

Events vary from large-scale outdoor events like marathons and JDRF One Walks, to indoor special events like fundraising galas and conferences. Each event is different, but the type of roles you can expect to be involved in are:

  • Cheer zones – making lots of noise for JDRF to motivate participants
  • Welcome & Check In desk
  • Coordinating refreshments
  • Representing JDRF at information stands, e.g. handing out leaflets

If you’re friendly, enthusiastic, organised and want to be part of a flexible and lively team, this could be perfect for you.

Download the Event Crew role description.

Sign up to our Event Crew

T1 Speakers

T1 Speaker

As a T1 Speaker you’ll be speaking on behalf of JDRF to groups and clubs in your community about your experience of type 1 diabetes and the impact it can have. The majority of the time, the groups and clubs are unfamiliar with type 1 diabetes and Speaker talks help inspire support of JDRF and our mission to treat, prevent, and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes. So far, the combined money raised as a result of Speaker talks is at roughly £25,000. Suggested activities include:

  • Delivering talks on behalf of JDRF at community groups and organisations
  • Attending cheque presentations on behalf of JDRF
  • Contacting local clubs and groups to arrange your talks

If you’re motivated by our cause, have a connection to type 1, are confident speaking in front of others and are willing to attend extra training for this role, we’d love to have you on board.

Download the T1 Speaker role description.

Sign up to become a T1 Speaker

Community Ambassadors

A volunteer at an information stand

JDRF Community Ambassadors visit local clinics and healthcare teams to talk about JDRF and our work. This role, therefore, helps healthcare professionals to become better equipped to support their patients with type 1.

As a result, people with type 1 who are unfamiliar with JDRF are introduced to us. Through ongoing relationships many of those people decide to get involved and support JDRF through fundraising activities to help fund research to treat, prevent and cure type 1 more quickly. In this role you will:

  • Visiting clinics to introduce JDRF and sign them up to receive our resources
  • Updating the JDRF Community Engagement Co-ordinator on progress

You will receive an induction to JDRF and the Community Ambassador role. As part of your training you will receive information about our resources and examples of our information packs so you’ll feel confident to share this with healthcare teams.

Please note that the Community Ambassador role requires weekday daytime availability. 

Locations currently recruiting for:

  • Hull/Grimsby
  • Huddersfield/Halifax
  • Northern Ireland (all regions)
  • Durham
  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Midlands
  • Wales
  • South West
  • South East
  • London
  • East of England

Download the Community Ambassador role description.

Sign up to be a Community Ambassador

Office support

Office volunteers

Office support roles can involve a regular commitment or volunteering on a one-off project and include:

  • Fundraising support – work with our fundraising team, helping with administrative tasks, fulfilling mailings to fundraisers, creating information resources or updating our database.
  • T1 Speaker programme research – support us to reach as many organisations as possible to tell them about our work by researching opportunities for speaker visits.

Volunteering in our offices is a chance to use your existing skills, learn new ones and be part of our dedicated team working together to fund the cure for type 1.

Opportunities for office support volunteers are mostly in London, but occasionally we have some roles available in our regional offices in Birmingham and Leeds.

Sign up to be an office volunteer

Share a skill

A photographer

Do you have a skill that could help us or do you work for a company that can support us with pro bono work?

We’re a rapidly growing organisation which means that we sometimes need to tap into the expertise of professions beyond our usual remit.

This could be anything from agency/consultancy support to a professional photographer to capture an event or the loan of a company’s meeting room.

We have a skills bank which you can register your skills on, these could include:

  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Filmmaking
  • Photo and video editing
  • Youth sports coaching
  • Children’s entertainment
  • Public speaking

Please let us know if you have a skill not listed as we would still appreciate your support. Contact our volunteering team on 020 7841 3621 or email [email protected]

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