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As Christmas approaches, Lloyd’s is getting in the festive spirit with team activities to bring you and your colleagues together, all whilst raising money for a good cause. This year we will be fundraising for our flagship charity partners, Doorstep Library, Thames Reach and the Mental Health Foundation, as well as participating in East London Business Alliance’s (ELBA) annual Toy Appeal.

Box decorating competition

To celebrate our first Christmas of the new underwriting floors, we would love for all our colleagues who work on the floors to decorate their underwriting boxes. Your team could be in with a chance to win a prize worth £500. The best entry will be judged by Lloyd’s Chairman, Bruce Carnegie-Brown on Tuesday 14 December. There is a suggested donation of £50 per box. All donations will go towards supporting Lloyd’s of London Foundation’s charity partners.

Santa in the City

To support our charity partners, Santa in the City is a fun way to get in the festive spirit by running, jogging or walking through London.

Sign up by Friday 24 November to run on either Wednesday 6 or Thursday 7 December.

Once we receive your form we will register you for your chosen date via the Santa in the City’s website.

For the first 50 spaces, Lloyd’s will pay for your registration fee of £25 which includes your 5-piece Santa suit to wear on the night. To claim your free registration and Santa suite, please  make a donation to our JustGiving page of £20 as part of your fundraising target.

ELBA's Toy Appeal

Donate a gift

Donate a toy between 20 November to 11 December to a child whose only present this Christmas might be from you. Toys are distributed to families and children who are experiencing hardship or going through financial struggles and crisis such as families that are fleeing domestic violence, living in emergency temporary accommodation, refugees, and children with disabilities and additional needs.

Buy a gift from John Lewis, a retailer of your choice or buy local, and arrange delivery to ELBAs Grotto or deliver the gift yourself. John Lewis provides high quality toys that many families would not be able to afford.

Write a letter from Santa's Grotto

We will also need thousands of Santa’s to write letters from Santa’s Grotto. As well as donating a toy, you can also volunteer remotely by writing a letter from Santa to include with the toys. You will pretend to be Santa and write a letter letting a child (aged between 3 - 11 years) know they've been a good boy or girl and to enjoy their new toy! Guidance is available upon request. 

Volunteering slots


12:00 -13:00 on the following dates:

Tue 28 & Thu30 Nov 2023

Tue 5, Wed 6 & Thu 7 Dec 2023

Community involvement

As a Managing Agent or Broker in the Lloyd’s market, the Lloyd’s of London Foundation and Lloyd’s Community Programme offer a wide range of rewarding and engaging skills-based volunteering opportunities to get involved in. 

We offer programmes that support people across our communities, from supporting schools-based programmes that help young people through education and employment to providing knowledge support to charities that give vital service to our local communities.

Get in touch to get involved.

By volunteering your time and skills, not only can you develop your personal and professional skills, but you will also make a direct impact to support and strengthen the communities in which we work.  

Visit our Volunteering Skills Matrix to identify the right opportunities for you.

Our schools-based programmes focus on supporting young people through education and employment, feeding into Lloyd’s Inclusion pillar by helping to attract and retain a diverse workforce that will bring innovation to the insurance sector.  

Our volunteers told us that through taking part:

School children in a classroom
School children in a classroom
“The Switch is extremely proud of our unique and treasured partnership with Lloyd's, which began 30 years ago. In that time Lloyd's led the way for business to successfully engage with schools.

Its commitment to innovative programmes such as Abacus and Aim to Attain has positively impacted the lives of thousands of children and their families.

Through raising the profile of corporate volunteering within the Lloyd's market, schools across the borough as well as our charity have benefited from many fruitful relationships with a variety of different companies in the Lloyd’s market.”
Helen - Director, The Switch

Our volunteering opportunities

Employability & education

School children in a classroom
Students attending the Mental Health Foundation Peer Education Project
Students attending the Mental Health Foundation Peer Education Project

Employability training programmes include:

Interview Practice: Interview secondary school students on zoom and provide instant feedback. 

Lunch & Learn Sessions: Support with 1 hour sessions for talented students in higher education. Sessions include interview skills development, CV writing, speed networking, fireside chats with CEOs and business spotlights.

Social mobility

Students attending a masterclass workshop
Students attending a masterclass workshop
Students attending a masterclass workshop

Masterclass workshops include:

Future Skills: The pre-16 sessions focus on building younger people’s confidence while the post-16 sessions help higher achieving students maximise their opportunities beyond school and into the working life by helping them understand the choices open to them for further education and training.

Step Into Insurance: The Step Into Insurance series is designed to give students insight into the insurance sector in preparing for their internship or graduate applications.

Insuring Futures: Gives young people access to the Lloyd’s market and other top insurance firms.


Lloyd's Corporation colleagues volunteering to move sand
Lloyd's Corporation colleagues on a team challenge
Lloyd's Corporation colleagues on a team challenge

Bring the joy of reading to children’s doorsteps

A community-focused charity dedicated to bringing the magic of books and the joy of reading directly into the homes of children across London; Doorstep Library’s unique home-based service means volunteers are there in person or online, finding the most appropriate books for every child they visit and building a relationship with the whole family. The project not only improves literacy and confidence in children, but also increases family wellbeing and bonding through the joy of sharing stories and encouraging parents and children to read together. This tailored support enables Doorstep Library to help prepare children for school and broaden their opportunities in life.

We have 3 types of volunteering:

  1. Home Reading Volunteers visit the same five families in one London location every week with the same volunteer partner. Volunteers will read and engage with the families and also leave the children a few extra books to read between sessions. Commitment of 16 or 32 sessions per year depending on your availability.
  2. Online Reading Volunteers visit the same three families online once a week, connecting via Zoom from their own home or office. Volunteers will read stories with children, finding the most appropriate books from our online library. Commitment of 16 or 32 sessions per year depending on your availability.
  3. Stand-in Volunteers (Home or Online) fill in when a regular volunteer can’t attend so sessions don't have to be cancelled. Volunteers can select the day and location that works best for them. Commitment of a minimum 6 sessions per year depending on your availability.

To sign up, contact:

You can find out more about the Doorstep Library volunteering opportunity in the volunteering document below and by visiting the Doorstep Library website.

Doorstep Library volunteers reading with children in their home
Doorstep Library volunteers reading with children in their home

Help people break the cycle of homelessness

Thames Reach is a charity helping to end homelessness in London by working directly with homeless people on the streets and in hostels, and with those at risk of becoming homeless and those recovering from homelessness.

Thames Reach needs volunteers to support their Outreach team which provides emergency support to rough sleepers 365 days a year. Each shift needs a member of staff to be accompanied by a volunteer. Most shifts operate at night when rough sleepers are bedding down. Under the supervision of highly trained staff, you’ll engage rough sleepers and try to bring them into emergency accommodation. This is a unique and eye opening experience, particularly as the weather gets colder and the work is quite literally life-saving. To sign up, please fill in the form below.

Disaster avoidance and recovery

Share your knowledge with the third sector

Share your knowledge and insight with charity organisations helping to build disaster resilient communities in areas such as climate and flood resilience trends, catastrophe micro-insurance and climate-based index insurance, and disaster and environmental risk mapping and risk reduction strategies.

Volunteers planting seeds
Volunteering with Rise Against Hunger
Volunteering with Rise Against Hunger

Mental health

Volunteer your time

Volunteer a day or longer to support a mental health charity strengthen their programme delivery, operations and communications. 

A student in a classroom
A Mental Health Foundation Peer Education Project workshop
A Mental Health Foundation Peer Education Project workshop

Hear from our volunteers

“I enjoyed being able to use my skills to help others. I also liked learning about the various projects in East London and getting my head out of the ‘insurance bubble’ to see how interconnected everything is.”
Community Recovery Programme volunteer
“The team found the day very rewarding to do something for the local community. We learned about how the playground works and how many families they support, as well as their struggles around funding. This gave the team a great sense of satisfaction when they finished for the day, knowing that they had done some good!”
Team Challenge volunteer
“I love interacting with the children and feeling like I maybe imparted some wisdom that may help them in their future.”
Abacus volunteer

Donate or fundraise

From running to cycling, fundraise as an individual or gather a team to raise money for a Lloyd’s of London Foundation charity of your choosing, with full support given by the Global Community Engagement team.

Find out more

You can contact us to find out more and to subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear about our latest volunteering opportunities.