This year’s International Women’s Day campaign theme is #EmbraceEquity and there’s lots you can do with King’s Volunteering to take action to support women and girls in your local communities.
Here’s some ideas available through the King’s Volunteering Platform:
Support women and their young children at a Little Village Baby Bank
Little Village is like a foodbank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5. They have grown to be one of the largest ‘baby banks’ in the UK, supporting over 17,000 children since we launched in 2016.
Families are referred to them via a network of over 2,000 professionals such as midwives and social workers. Little Village’s vision is that every child in the capital has the essential items they need to thrive.
Find out more and register to volunteer with Little Village as a Baby Bank Stock Sorter and Packer
Teach young girls to read with the Doorstep Library
The Doorstep Library uses books to fuel children’s natural love of stories, fire their imaginations, and encourage their appreciation of reading. The Doorstep Libraries unique home-based service means they are there in person or online, finding the most appropriate books for every child they visit and building a relationship with the whole family.
With one in four 11-year-olds leaving primary school unable to read or write properly, the Doorstep Library recruits and trains home and online reading volunteers to go into some of the most disadvantaged areas in London to help introduce young children (aged 0-11 years) to the pleasure of reading.
You can join the Doorstep Library by signing up to be a Home Reading Volunteer, or an Online Reading Volunteer
Help women to access top universities with The Access Project
The Access Project supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access top universities. We are looking for undergraduates, postgraduates, staff, and alumni who would be able to tutor a young person aged 14-18, online, one hour a week in term-time Autumn 2023- Summer 2024 to support them with their academic studies.
By signing up to volunteer with the Access Project, you will:
- Support a young person in a subject of your choice to achieve the GCSE / A level grades they deserve and to fulfil their potential.
- Build transferable skills, experience and knowledge through ongoing training and development as part of the role.
Students supported by The Access Project typically achieve a grade higher at GCSE and are four times more likely than their peers to progress to a top-third ranked university.
Sign up as a Volunteer Tutor with The Access Project
Empower girls to find their voice and make a positive difference in their community with Girlguiding UK
By volunteering with Girlguiding, you can help girls build their confidence, have adventures, learn new skills and have loads of fun – no matter your experience, your background or how much time you have spare.
Register your interest to find out about volunteering opportunities with Girlguiding near you
Share feminist literature with your family and friends
The Feminist Library is a large archive collection of feminist literature, particularly Women’s Liberation Movement materials dating from the late 1960s to the 1990s. We support research, activist and community projects in this field.
The Library is also an autonomous feminist community space. The Library is trans-inclusive, welcomes visitors of any gender, does not require registration or membership, and provides an intersectional, non-sectarian space for the exploration of feminism.
Since the Library’s beginnings in 1975, it has provided a place where women could network and educate themselves, and has become a contact point for women locally, nationally and internationally.
Find out more at King’s Volunteering online