The many groups and associations in Kew all need supporters and volunteers – please use the form below to contact the different groups if you can help.
Specifically, the following groups are looking for assistance:
The Friends of Kew Pond
The Friends of Kew Pond are looking for volunteers to help occasionally with the monthly pond filling
Many local people do not realise that Kew Pond is filled every month, via a tunnel and valve system which connects the pond to the river. Between fills, depending on rainfall, the pond level drops by about six to eight inches, due to evaporation and cracks in the concrete lining.
Filling is timed around the Thames tides, requiring a tide that is sufficiently high to reach the pond, without being so high that the opened valve would cause flooding in surrounding streets. It is a three-step process, managed entirely by local volunteers, which involves going down to the river bed at low tide to open the sluice flap; opening two valves (using long winches) at the pond at high tide, waiting for it to fill and then closing them; and finally, the next day, going down to the river bed again at low tide to close the sluice.
Due to council health and safety requirements, each step needs three people, and, being driven by the tides, the times are irregular and often midweek and in the middle of the day. Opening and closing the sluice takes about 15 minutes and requires wellies, while filling the pond takes about 30-40 minutes, but is not messy. The Friends send an email each month to a list of volunteers, asking who is available to help, and then arrange a rota. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you may be able to help us sometimes.
Based in East Sheen, the national charity Missing People offer a lifeline for the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year. For those left behind they provide specialised support to ease the heartache and confusion, and help search for their missing loved ones.
They are looking for volunteers in a number of roles, for example:
- Chat Support helping children and young people via instant messaging,
- Fundraising and Event Support, which can be varied and flexible,
- Development Board Support helping with fund-raising and vital administrative duties.
If you are interested please follow this link for further details:
Kew Neighbourhood Association
2017 was our 40th year.
We continuously work on ensuring residents know we are here to help them. We also continuously work to attract volunteers to drive, shop, provide companionship and do light gardening for Kew residents.
Turner’s House in Twickenham
Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, was built by 1813 to the designs of England’s great landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner, working here as his own architect to create a quiet retreat for himself, away from the pressures of the London art world.
Opening to the public this summer after a £2.4 million restoration , Turner’s House is committed to extending access to the house and engaging people with both the heritage of the site and the wider story of Turner and his relationship to the local area, which influenced many of his paintings. We are currently seeking enthusiastic and engaging volunteers who would like to be part of the team as stewards or tour guides. This is a unique opportunity to be part of the opening of a local heritage site and share your love of art.
For more information please contact Michelle Graabek, Activities and Interpretation Officer, email@example.com.