Please note that Sustain is currently not accepting any new volunteers due to the Coronavirus emergency.
Volunteer for Sustain
Usually volunteer tasks may include administrative work, research and campaigning. Previous volunteers have researched and written reports on issues such as sustainable fish and bottled water, assisted in the administration of a grants scheme, surveyed outlets offering Fairtrade food and helped organise a conference on Urban Agriculture.
Our team works flexible hours, though the type of tasks that we need volunteers to help with are rarely suitable for them to carry out in the evening or at weekends, or from home. Where a voluntary role requires work outside the office, this will be made clear in advance.
Most volunteering opportunities are based at Sustain's offices in the Bethnal Green area of London. We sometimes run regional projects, but rarely have volunteering opportunities outside London.
We offer limited expenses, if working five or more hours in that day, up to a maximum of £8 for travel and £5 for food, on production of a receipt/ticket.
Sustain is only able to take on volunteers who are entitled to work in the UK, and can't assist volunteers with work permits, immigration issues, or finding accommodation.
We offer intern placements only where these are paid by another party and/or required as part of an academic course.
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Projects and campaigns
The main way that Sustain fulfils its aims is through running a multitude of different projects and campaigns to improve food and farming, with the help of our members and other supporters.