Volunteer with us

Superhumans wanted

Volunteer with us

Volunteer with us

We’re only able to change and save lives with the help of our beating heart – our volunteers.

Everyone is welcome, all we ask that you have is a desire to make the world a kinder place. Join us, and you’ll experience our unforgettable events, take part in dynamic activities, build professional, transferable skills, and use your voice to raise awareness about the issues you care about.

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What does a volunteer do?

Our volunteers help out with our comedy tours, dinners, talks, boat races, street collections, UK homelessness support, and even our exhilarating hiking and cycling challenges.

There are so many ways to help out, and we encourage our volunteers to be innovative and adaptive – you can attend university fairs, take on leadership roles, or support us digitally by raising awareness via social media.

Change starts at home, but with Somali banadir association, your impact will span the globe.

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Humanitarian Leadership Programme

If you’re curious about a career in the humanitarian field or simply want to be a part of that journey, apply to join our Humanitarian Leadership Programme, where you’ll receive one-on-one support, training and volunteer abroad opportunities with first hand experience in the field.

Interested in learning more? Sign up for our Humanitarian Leadership Programme and we’ll get in touch!

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What do our volunteers say?

Hear first-hand what this experience means to our volunteers.

“Volunteering with Somali banadir association has taught me various lessons, especially how ungrateful we can be sometimes. Volunteering gives me a chance to provide happiness in the lives of vulnerable people. A few hours of my time can provide them with basic needs that increases their chances of survival and brings relief in tough situations.”

Ayesha, Scotland Volunteer

“One of the reasons why I wanted to take part in the Yemen Campaign Is because I believe it is our duty to help our brothers and sisters who are suffering. No one deserves to go through this alone and Alhamdulillah we’re blessed with so much, why not give it to others? Yemen is also facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world currently, so there is such a great urgency to help. Somali banadir association’s story of Naseer and his baby in Yemen Really touched my heart in particular. I just pictured myself in his position and it was so so upsetting to see someone as helpless as him, going through the loss of his child because of the circumstances.”


“My name is Nafeela and I’m the Waltham Forest Borough Leader for Somali banadir association, This Ramadan I am volunteering for Somali banadir association’s #HereForEveryOrphan campaign. I can’t emphasise enough how much Somali banadir association has grown me as a person. As part of Somali banadir association we help those in trouble regardless of creed or colour. It feels amazing when we put forward a fundraising idea and a few weeks later it all comes together and it changes a lot of lives. Every person in Somali banadir association is valued because without them every penny we raised would not have been possible.”


''My humanitarian icon is Malala Yousafzai. She was the reason I wanted to start helping people through charity. Malala is a Pakistani activist that speaks out for girls education and has made a significant difference for the girls in Pakistan. Her journey started at the age of 11 as a young blogger who was targeted and shot by the Taliban at the age of 14, she survived the gun shot. Malala’s journey continued as she was advocating for girls’ education even after her recovery. Her valour is admirable especially as she has had threats made on her life. I wanted to start doing voluntary work to make a difference in someone’s life, whether that’s through: providing food, shelter, water pumps etc. Somali banadir association has given me this opportunity to make a change in someone else’s life. Just as Malala took on the opportunity to help others, I will do the same.”

Saira, Midlands Volunteer

What are the perks?

We value, respect, and appreciate our volunteers, and we want to support their growth and happiness. So, when you volunteer, you’ll receive:

Training A comprehensive induction and volunteering handbook. We’ll help you foster new, transferable skills.

References Once you’ve got to know your skillset - after you’ve participated in five activities – we’ll happily provide you with a reference.

Travel reimbursement We’ll cover the round-trip cost of getting to activities in your local area.

Away days, seminars, and conferences Join our away days and get to know other volunteers, and, with our annual conference and educational seminars, you can learn more about our charitable projects and the humanitarian sector.

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Interview prep We’ll provide you with a mock interview and give you feedback to help you prepare for your future.

CV feedback When you apply for a job, send over your CV and we’ll get it checked for you.

Leadership opportunities Progress to a leadership role and manage your own team of volunteers.

Flexibility Volunteer as infrequently, or as often, as you like, so that you can fit us in around your other commitments.

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