Our volunteers help make planning advice accessible for everyone

Volunteering with Planning Aid for London is a brilliant way to use your unique skills to help others. We are always on the lookout for people with professional skills in planning, architecture, surveying, design, art, landscape architecture, engineering, community engagement, community organising and more

You can have a hugely positive impact as a volunteer: a short phone call with you can make all the difference to someone without significant knowledge of planning. 

Interested to volunteer with us? Apply here!

Hear from our volunteer Anthony Bender:
"Being a PAL volunteer for over 40 years has allowed me to see the immediate impact of the planning system on the everyday lives of London citizens and communities. Volunteering provides an exceptional level of insight into the development issues facing one of the most exciting cities in the world." 

Volunteers standing on top of a roof, looking out over a community garden with greenery.

Benefits to volunteering

There are many benefits to volunteering with us. As a volunteer you will:

  • Work directly with community groups on planning matters
  • Get experience in new planning areas
  • Learn new community engagement and participatory techniques
  • Become part of a network of committed planners and built environment professionals
  • Learn more about London’s diverse communities and their needs and wishes
  • Better understand the barriers people excluded from planning experience
  • Meet CPD standards and other profession development goals

Hear from our volunteer Shams Namazie:
"Volunteering with PAL is a great way of using my skills and knowledge as a planner to assist communities make sense of the planning system. It's given me experience in community planning and been really rewarding. I would recommend it to other planners who want to get involved in supporting communities make real change." 

Involving your staff

We also partner with organisations and employers to offer their staff members the opportunity to volunteer with us. Contact us if you would like to discuss how your staff can get involved with Planning Aid for London.

Becoming a trustee

If you are interested in becoming involved in the governance of the organisation, please apply to become a trustee here. Trustees have a critical role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of Planning Aid for London.

We welcome applications in particular from people with experience in fund-raising, charity regulation and business-planning.