Calling all volunteers: Talking Together has started in London and we need YOU!

Following the success of Talking Together in Birmingham and Leicester we are delighted to be able to extend it to London! Talking Together is our English Language training project for long-term residents who feel cut off from British life because they can’t speak the language.

TimeBank has received funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government to extend Talking Together and launch new projects in  eight London boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Greenwich, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lewisham, Southwark and Wandsworth.

We will be working with local organisations and community groups to deliver the programme, and we’re still recruiting partners, so if you’re a community group working with long-term UK residents who have little or no knowledge of English, get in touch at

The classes are informal and locally based, covering basic skills such as taking public transport or going to the doctor. This kind of practical input really can help transform someone's life, open doors and contribute to community integration. It’s truly a life changing programme - bringing the ability to talk to a doctor, a child’s teacher, or even the bus driver. And the change is caused by people like you and I, donating a few hours to volunteer.

Not only does volunteering for Talking Together make a massive difference for the learners, the volunteers also benefit. It’s a brilliant volunteering opportunity for people studying to become a teacher or wanting to improve their CV.  No previous experience is necessary and we offer you excellent, intensive training, individual support, out of pocket expenses, a fantastic experience and the satisfaction of genuinely making a difference.

One of our volunteers, Amy, wrote a blog on her rewarding experience of volunteering on Talking Together in Birmingham.

So if you are looking for a rewarding volunteering experience, have a couple of hours to spare each week for the next six weeks and have good language skills, look no further! See here for more information about the project and if you have any questions get in touch with us at or phone us on 0203 111 0730. If you’re ready to apply, just follow this link to download the application form.