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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.
Content last reviewed and updated: 22.02.2024

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Community Connectors

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Community Connectors work closely with our Community Engagement team to support more people affected by type 1 diabetes.

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Insight and Experience Panel

Your voice matters! Volunteer and help shape our work to ensure it remains relevant to people living with type 1 diabetes.

Over 140 people with lived experience of type 1 have joined our Insight and Experience Panel and there are a number of ways you can get involved. From reviewing content and policies, to taking part in innovative research projects, your feedback and involvement means a lot and will help make a big difference.

The panel has assisted with providing case studies for NICE consultation responses. It’s also helped understand how JDRF can contribute insight to international initiatives and building consensus on Patient Reported Outcomes among the international research community.

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Other types of volunteer roles

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Event crew

Our Event Crew is a team of volunteers working together at JDRF events to help make them run like clockwork and raise as much awareness and money for life-changing research that they can.

Our events vary from large-scale outdoor events like marathons and our flagship 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 and check-in desks
  • Coordinating food and refreshments
  • Representing JDRF at information stands, for example 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!

If you would like to hear more information, please email our friendly events team on events@jdrf.org.uk 

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Community Ambassadors

JDRF Community Ambassadors visit local clinics and healthcare teams to talk about JDRF and our work. This role  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

If you would like to hear more information, please email our friendly team on outreach@jdrf.org.uk

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Office support

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. For general volunteering queries, contact the Volunteering Team at volunteering@jdrf.org.uk

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Share a skill

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

We’re a rapidly growing charity  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

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Do you have any other ideas?

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

Contact us to express your interest in the above roles

Our current volunteer opportunities are always listed as live volunteer roles at the top of this page. If you are interested in the other role types, please do contact us to discuss how and when you can get involved. Contact the Volunteering Team at volunteering@jdrf.org.uk

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Take part in research

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We offer a wide array of roles across research, policy, fundraising, communications, human resources, finance, operations and administration teams across the UK.

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