Learning, jobs and volunteering


The Idea Stores offer a variety of courses for learning and career development, including online learning. They can help you to learn a language or to get to grips with new technology. They can also help with hobbies such as photography and arts and crafts.

More information about the courses available at the Idea Store can be found on the Idea Stores website.

Job searching and career advice

If you are looking for a job, or are interested in changing your career, there are a number of job search websites that you can use.

You can also contact your local Jobcentre Plus, or use the Find a job facility on the UK Government website. 

Tower Hamlets Council provides an employment service called WorkPath for residents. This provides tailored employment support for people at all levels of work, skill or experience. This includes:

  • help with training opportunities
  • access to work experience, apprenticeships or graduate schemes
  • CV help
  • interview preparation.


Giving a few hours per week of your time can really make a difference to someone. Volunteering can also be quite rewarding – seeing positive reactions to your help can really have an effect on your attitude towards life.

By volunteering, you will be making a real difference to your community. You can gain skills and experience, build your confidence and employability, and make new friends. Volunteering can also be a fantastic way to keep mentally and physically healthy during these challenging times.

There are many volunteering opportunities available in Tower Hamlets, from your local park to your local youth club.

Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets (VCTH)

To volunteer for a local charity, community organisation or public sector body, contact Volunteer Centre Tower Hamlets (VCTH). The centre helps people who live, work or study in Tower Hamlets to find inspiring volunteer roles throughout the borough. They have a large variety of roles to suit all ages (15+), backgrounds, interests and abilities.

To get started register on the Volunteer Centre website, or email: info@vcth.org.uk.

If you need any help, telephone 020 7377 0956.