It's #VolunteersWeek! Read Joy's story

It's #VolunteersWeek! Read Joy's story
Jo Palmer

Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

It runs from the 1st-7th June and it's an opportunity to celebrate volunteerig in all it's diversity across the UK, and for us especially, all of our wonderful volunteers in Southwark.

Joy is a Volunteer Befriender, and voluneers in lots of other ways too, with Link Age Southwark. Link Age Southwark offers friendly volunteer support to older people in Southwark, to combat loneliness and isolation

Their Senior Volunteer Coordinator, jennie Linnett, tells us about Joy's story:

"At 93 years old Joy, who began volunteering with Link Age Southwark in 2003, is our most senior volunteer. She regularly visits a lady called Jean as a volunteer befriender as well as volunteering in lots of other ways: from attending our fundraising events to serve refreshments, sell tickets, talk about Link Age Southwark and the wonderful work we do for isolated and lonely older people in the borough, to baking cakes. Until recently, Joy was also a regular volunteer driver, taking older people to and from our groups and parties.

Jean, who is unable to get herself out and about, is always delighted to see Joy and share stories and play games with her. Snakes and ladders and cards games are their favourites and Jean loves to hear news of Joy’s family in Australia and see photos of her trips to visit her family. Jean’s daughter says: “These happy experiences often prompt Jean to recall happy memories of her own which she wouldn’t ordinarily talk about such as cycling and her sporting achievements.”

Joy began volunteering with Link Age Southwark after coming back to London following the death of her husband. She has always kept busy in retirement after her busy job as a radiographer. “One cannot retire”, says Joy. “Doing something that helps others is so important”.

Volunteering has always been an important part of Joy’s life. In Sheffield she volunteered for the Red Cross and since coming to London Joy has also volunteered on conservation projects and as a steward at The Globe. In addition to the volunteering Joy does for Link Age Southwark, she occasionally volunteers at the Rose Theatre.

You get out of it as much as you give,” says Joy. At Link Age Southwark, we definitely get a lot out of Joy’s volunteering and she is an example and inspiration to all our volunteers." 

Link Age Southwark FILM 

We recently met with three of Link Age Southwark's volunteers to find out what opportunities volunteering has given them. We also spoke to Jennie Linnett, their Senior Volunteer Coordinator, about how much the volunteers mean to Link Age. We created this short film about their stories:

Other Volunteer stories

Read Candy's story here

Read Franco's story here

Read Cynthia's story here.


We have lots of activities going on through the week, including a Volunteer Picnic, come and see us! Find out more here.

You can also view the Volunteers' Week webiste here to find out the themes for each day.

Book a Volunteer Advice Appointment

This is the perfect time to get started with voluneering! Book a 1to1 advice appointment here with Amelia, our Volunteer Adviser, who will talk you through all the suitable opportunities within Southwark. Or you can email or call us for more info: | 020 7358 7020.

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