• Arts, heritage and entertainment
  • Catering
  • Community Engagement
  • Heritage/ museums


  • Café support and catering
  • Groups and clubs

To help prepare and serve food, drinks & light refreshments to our visitors on a day to day basis and assist in larger scale catering for occasional public and corporate events. Preparing and serving food, drinks and light refreshments & till operation in the cafeteria.

Washing up & cleaning food preparation areas, consistent with Good to Go standards.

Dealing with the public.

The Crossness Pumping Station forms part of the system designed by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London’s urgently needed main sewerage system which was officially opened in 1865.  This outstanding example of Victorian engineering had a direct impact on the health of Londoners.

 The Trust was set up to rescue, restore and preserve this unique part of Britain’s industrial heritage.  It has now embarked on developing its management systems to ensure long-term viability.  We are committed to sharing its fascinating story and, in the longer term, working towards achieving World Heritage Site status.

Our site is currently closed but we are keen to recruit now so that we are ready for re-opening.   Our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Greg Warner. Is waiting to hear from you. 

Initial visit by arrangement only (advance notice to Thames Water required).  Website ( has 2-stage down-loadable map and directions, and general information about Crossness.

This opportunity offers you the chance to give back to the community, to volunteer in an iconic building.  There are opportunities for learning and sharing, having a laugh, companionship, personal satisfaction etc.

What skills do I need?

Good “people skills”, You will need to have an existing Food Hygiene Certificate Level 1 as we are not currently able to provide the opportunity to gain one as part of your volunteering experience. 


  • Arts, heritage and entertainment
  • Catering
  • Community Engagement
  • Heritage/ museums


  • Café support and catering
  • Groups and clubs


  • Accessibility
    Only Ground Floor is fully accessible. All catering is done on Ground Floor.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
    Also Grievance and Disciplinary Policies
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Yes, for expenditure incurred on behalf of the Trust. The Trust does not cover personal expenses such as travel costs to site.
  • Ongoing support; Health and Safety Policy
    Also Asbestos Management Policy and Plan
  • Suitable for under 18s
    Not covered by our insurance
  • Training provided
    When required.
  • Volunteer induction
    Also COVID-19 and H&S
  • Volunteer policy
    Also Volunteer Recruitment Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
    Public & Employers Liability
  • Written role description
    On request

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 06/01/2021

Slot Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Afternoon No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Any time between 9-5. Further days/times may be available in time.


The Old Works, Crossness STW
Bazalgette Way,
Abbey Wood

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