Become a volunteer

Join us at Planning Aid for London and become a volunteer today.

Volunteers make Planning Aid for London. If you can spare a few hours a month, then you can make a valuable contribution already to our advice services. We understand that your availability can change over time. Volunteers can always hand over tasks to others when needed. New volunteers receive an introductory session. We also organise training sessions for volunteers so they can improve their skills.

Our volunteers do not only help by giving advice to members of the public; they are involved in creating new guides, leaflets and videos. They also help deliver training sessions for communities or create new content for the website.

It is not mandatory for volunteers to be a member of the RTPI or other professional body to volunteer with us. We welcome applications from anyone who has good knowledge of the planning system, whether you are early in your career of have recently retired. If you are unsure whether you have the required experience to volunteer, please contact Denean Rowe

How to apply

If you would like to volunteer with us, please contact Denean Rowe and send the following:

  • An application form, available here
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Two references

Two volunteers helping to build a planter for a community garden, built out of brick.

Volunteering roles

As a volunteer, you can take on one of the following roles:

  • Advice line volunteer. Help resolve planning queries by giving members of the public and community groups advice.
  • Community engagement volunteer. Support with community outreach and help facilitate our workshops with community groups.
  • Trainer volunteer. Support us deliver our planning training to community groups and members of the public.
  • Volunteer graduate. Recent graduates can support the delivery of training and events. You can pair up with other volunteers to get more experience in planning.