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All volunteers who work with us are welcomed into our team and find volunteering a rewarding and positive experience. There are many different ways in which you can get involved.

Why volunteer?

Right now, up and down the country people are volunteering for Kidney Research UK, gaining and developing skills and confidence whilst helping to change the lives of others.

Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes depending on what you want to get out of the experience. Whether you’d like to meet other people or do your own thing, we want to empower you with the right tools to make a difference.

If you have a few spare hours every month or a day each week, have skills that you can use or are looking to learn new skills, we have a number of volunteer roles suitable for all ages, abilities and interests.

Volunteers at the London Marathon cheering station

Meet some of our volunteers

Kathryn Croker

"I love being a volunteer for Kidney Research UK. Raising awareness about kidney disease is really important to me and my family as it affects us personally. I have lived with kidney disease for over 20 years and received a kidney from my dad nine years ago.  

I, along with the other community ambassadors, are able to get into the hearts of our communities across the UK and be a friendly face to educate and inform others about kidney disease and to raise awareness and funds for Kidney Research UK. "

Kathryn Croker, community ambassador

Fez Awan

Fez Awan

"I have a few different volunteer hats with the charity as I give my time as a peer educator, research group member and as a community ambassador.  

I was born with kidney failure. I have had three kidney transplants and have had to use all the different types of dialysis available. I volunteer as I want to engage with the public and make it known that kidney failure can affect anyone at any time. There is no cure and research will hopefully mean others will have the best quality of life possible.  

I would not wish kidney failure on anyone; it is physically emotionally and mentally challenging and I have experienced a myriad of this. Even if just one person thinks more about their kidneys and kidney health through my volunteering it will all have been worth it. I hope that my help will mean progress is made to ease people’s suffering, and that my experiences will have helped all the kidney community."

Fez Awan, volunteer

Fez Awan
Hilaria Asumu

Hilaria Asumu

"I joined Kidney Research UK as a peer educator volunteer because I wanted to help draw attention to the causes and treatment of kidney disease. I had been raising awareness about organ donation but realised that in order to eradicate kidney disease, we have to tackle it from its root cause.

I want to encourage other patients, especially from ethnic communities, to get involved with kidney disease research and volunteer to help. "

Hilaria Asumu, peer educator

Hilaria Asumu
Sarah Gwalchmai

Sarah Gwalchmai

"My name is Sarah and I live in mid Wales. I was shielding during the pandemic due to receiving a kidney transplant from my wonderful husband, I have been keeping myself busy gardening, making cards and getting a puppy! When I came across volunteering opportunities at Kidney Research, I never looked back!

I have met some wonderful people as a community ambassador and made new friends, whilst discussing important topics which are important to renal patients and our families. I am passionate about spreading the word about Kidney Research UK as I fully appreciate all the hard work that they do. The role is primarily virtual at the moment, but I hope to get out and speak to the public more in the future to discuss the importance of kidney health."

Sarah Gwalchmai, community ambassador

Sarah Gwalchmai
Craig Reynolds

Craig Reynolds

"I volunteer as a community ambassador in memory of my mum, who sadly lost her battle against kidney disease after 15 years. When she was alive she was always being supportive of other kidney patients in our local area, including on many occasions gave talks at her dialysis unit and with patients going through the experience for the very first time.

I didn’t want Mum’s achievements to be forgotten and wanted to keep her memory going. Also I wanted to shed a light on how kidney disease can impact families, particular those closest to the patient."

Craig Reynolds, community ambassador

Craig Reynolds

Want to sign up to volunteer?

If you'd like to volunteer, fill in our interested in volunteering form to let us know where you are and what kind of volunteering ideas you have.

Our volunteering vacancies

Take a look at the vacancies we are currently recruiting volunteers for.

Other ways to volunteer

There are loads of ways you can donate your time; get inspired with our selection of ideas including ways to volunteer from home.
We would love to help find the right role for you.

Volunteer at an event

Do you have what it takes to help support our participants make it through their event? We are looking for volunteers who have a big voice and lots of energy to join us at our cheering stations along event routes.

Volunteer in the community

Volunteer in your community to raise awareness and understanding of kidney disease, organ donation, participation in research or by sharing your experience of living with, or helping others with, kidney disease.

Share your skills

If you have a skill, hobby, professionalism or a personal interest that you'd like to share through volunteering and think we could make good use of, we'd love to hear from you.

Volunteer in our shops

Meet and help customers, sort donations, price goods and arrange the window displays. Our retail volunteers are instrumental in making sure the shops are stocked and open seven days a week.

Volunteer in the office

If you're looking to start your career, change of career, or returning to work; volunteering in our Peterborough office is a great way to experience working in an office environment and build your skills.

Join our patient community

Are you living with kidney disease? We want patients to inform and develop our research. Be part of our online community and help make a difference.

Read about our fantastic volunteers

Got a question? Get in touch.

For more information or if you have any questions, get in touch with our Volunteer Manager:

0300 303 1100

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