Seva is the act of selfless service, encouraged within Sikhi in any form of helping. This could be as simple as helping wash the dishes in Gurdwaras or helping out those in vulnerable situations, as long as no reward is expected from helping.

ਸੇਵਾ ਕਰਤ ਹੋਇ ਨਿਹਕਾਮੀ ॥ ਤਿਸ ਕਉ ਹੋਤ ਪਰਾਪਤਿ ਸੁਆਮੀ ॥ One who performs selfless service, without thought of reward, shall attain his Lord and Master.” (SGGS p 286)

For this reason, seva is a key part in the lives of Sikhs and so, we have created a small list of possible places to get involved within London. This list is by no means exhaustive and seva is possible in a variety of different ways, both through organisations and without. 

SWAT are a charitable organisation based in West London. Their primary function is to unite and transform financially disadvantaged communities by focusing on projects which make a difference to people’s lives in the short term and improve their prospects in the long term.
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SEVA (Sikh Empowerment Voluntary Association) is inspired by one of the three principle teachings of the Sikh faith “Wand-Ke-Shakna” – sharing what you have with those that are less fortunate. We are committed to serving members of the community by enhancing their lives with respect and dignity. SEVA provides food, clothing and support to those in need, based primarily in Ilford; empowering our local youth and community through various initiatives.  
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BOSS (British Organisation of Sikh Students) is a volunteer lead, national umbrella organisation that link with over 60 university and college Sikh societies across the UK. Their pool of over 600 volunteers work on a wide variety of projects including human rights work, activism and lobbying and charity work in the UK and abroad. 
Click here to get involved.