• Any
  • Arts, heritage and entertainment
  • Catering


  • Café support and catering
  • Local events
  • Practical skills

Would you enjoy leading a small team of catering assistants in an iconic building?  Why not come and volunteer at Crossness Engines? We would love you to join our team.  The role involves supervising a small cafeteria on a day to day basis and providing larger scale catering for occasional public and corporate events. You would also gain experience in ordering /purchasing foodstuffs and consumables. The role additionally involves preparing food, drinks and light refreshments & till operation in the cafeteria, as well as washing up & cleaning food preparation areas, consistent with Good to Go standards.

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 charity is entirely run and managed by volunteers.

 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 and 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?

Organizing ability, good “people skills” and a Food Hygiene Certificate to Level2 are essential although higher levels would be welcome.  We are sorry that we are not currently able to provide the opportunity to gain a food hygiene certificate as part of your volunteering experience, so you will already need to have one that is current. 


  • Any
  • Arts, heritage and entertainment
  • Catering


  • Café support and catering
  • Local events
  • Practical skills


  • Accessibility
    Only to Ground Floor in all buildings. All catering is on the Ground Floor.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    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
    We have "good to go" certification for Covid security. Also asbestos management policy and plan.
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
    When required but please note food hygiene certificate requirements of this role
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
    Also COVID-19 and H&S
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
    Public liability
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 12/01/2021

End Date: 30/06/2023

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

Other days may become available in due course


The Old Works, Crossness STW
Bazalgette Way,
Abbey Wood

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