Volunteering

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to help at Open House this year, on Saturday 21st September 2019 – Sunday 22nd September 2019.

Open House is London's largest festival of architecture and design where over 800 buildings across London open their doors to the public for free. 8,000 people volunteer every year over the weekend event.

Registered volunteers can now choose their time slots for this year. Please sign in.

What is involved?

As a volunteer you will be helping building owners/representatives to open their buildings to the public. In a lot of cases, the buildings would not be able to open without volunteer support.

You only have to commit one morning or afternoon on one day during the event, and you will be able to choose a slot from a list of buildings which have requested support.

Volunteers should be 18 or over. 16-17 years olds may volunteer but only if they volunteer with an accompanying adult. Please choose to volunteer together at the same venue and same time.

Please let us know if you require any additional support or if you have a health condition or disability you think we should know about in advance of signing up to be a volunteer.

Why should I volunteer?

97% of our volunteers would recommend the experience to a friend.

Helping to make Open House happen is a rewarding experience. It offers new experiences and skills, as well as providing a great opportunity to learn more about architecture and the built environment. To help you prepare for volunteering, you will receive the following in your volunteer pack:

- a volunteer 'Can I Help' sticker to wear during your volunteer time slot and a volunteer priority badge which allows you to jump the queues at most buildings over the weekend (exceptions apply)

- a copy of the Open House guide

- invitation to the closing party held at one of our participating buildings on the Sunday evening

Note for Student Volunteers: We will send your volunteer priority badge and guide in the post in September so please make sure you include the address for your September student residence when you apply.

If you have further questions about volunteering which aren't answered here, please contact volunteers@open-city.org.uk or call 0207 383 2131