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Volunteering opportunities

Become part of our events crew, share your professional expertise or sign up to become 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.

Treasurer and Board Directors

Board directors around a table

JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity, improving lives until we find the cure.  We fund research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes. We also provide information and support for children and adults living with the condition at all stages from diagnosis and beyond.  We give a voice to people with type 1 diabetes and campaign for an increased focus on and funding for research to find the cure. Internationally we have funded £1billion of research so far.

We are looking for an exceptional individual to take on the role of Treasurer for an initial three year term who will be a qualified accountant and member of a relevant chartered institute.  You will also have wide ranging experience, a keen interest in good governance and a real passion for delivering benefit to people with type 1 diabetes.We are also looking for other outstanding individuals to join our Board as Directors (Trustees) who, again, must be committed to helping us achieve our charitable objectives and adding real value to our work.

All those who join our Board, are expected to work with our Chair and CEO to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of JDRF.  We have ambitious strategic goals and are keen to work with those who have knowledge and energy to help our CEO and her senior management team in their delivery of operational plans.

You will also be an effective networker and be confident and proud of representing JDRF at high profile events.

A knowledge of type 1 diabetes would be an advantage.


If you would like to apply for the role please email the following to Helen at hpegg@jdrf.org.uk or send a hard copy to her at JDRF, 17/18 Angel Gate, City Road, London, EC1V 2PT:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A supporting statement outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification, using examples where possible, plus information on what you would bring to the role and your motivation for applying.

Please note, the closing date for applications is Tuesday 14 April and, due to issues around COVID-19, we will confirm the date of interviews at a later time.  Following these interviews, shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an informal meeting with the JDRF Chair.

Download the Board Appointments Pack.

Scientific Advisory Council Healthcare Professional Member

Board members

New exciting volunteering opportunity for a Paediatric Diabetes Specialist Nurse, ideally based in Scotland, to join JDRF UK’s Scientific Advisory Council.

The Council provides insightful, independent advice and critical opinion to JDRF, guiding JDRF’s decisions, policies and position statements. Please look at the role description for more details.

The Scientific Advisory Council consists of 15 members and includes healthcare professionals, non-scientific members with a personal connection to type 1 diabetes and researchers in equal numbers. Non-scientific members’, healthcare professionals’ and researchers’ contributions are equally valued.

Please note that the meeting and video/conference calls will require weekday daytime availability.

Download the Healthcare Professionals SAC Role Description to find out more about the role and how to apply.

Please note this opportunity has an open deadline.

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

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 by emailing volunteering@jdrf.org.uk

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