This is a big THANK YOU from the Pembroke House team to all their wonderful volunteers - #VolunteersWeek2020!
Volunteers Week is always a good reminder of the huge contribution made by volunteers. As a community centre, Pembroke House simply couldn’t do the things they do without their dedicated team of volunteers.
This year, however, they have been truly amazed by the extraordinary response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Following lockdown, they paused their regular activities and launched an emergency food distribution hub. They had a flood of responses to our call-out for volunteers, enabling them to quickly build a team of 130 trained volunteers taking in donated food, packing food bags and delivering by bike. Their volunteers now deliver 6 tonnes of food to over 1500 vulnerable people in their community every week. More volunteers support them from their homes, helping with scheduling, data inputting, communications or support their new, virtual activities, adding up to a weekly total of nearly 600 hours of volunteer time.
They are deeply grateful for all their support. And, of course, they also miss their usual volunteers, many of whom can’t come to Pembroke House at the moment but are ready to come back when it is safe to restart activities.
"A huge thank you to all our volunteers, old and new!
Anisa, a Pembroke House volunteer said: “The moment I was furloughed, I knew I wanted to make myself useful. Pembroke House offered an immediate way to help in our community and has been an incredible force of good both in the people it helps and for the family of volunteers who come in each day to distribute the donations. For me personally it has been wonderful and necessary to see lots of new smiling faces each week during such uncertain times. There are plenty of people around us everywhere who care about each other and Pembroke House is a constant reminder of that.”
Theresa came to our community café, the Walworth Living Room, last year and was soon helping us run activities including setting up a new creative writing group
So, when we paused activities at the beginning of lockdown, she was keen to find new ways to get involved and now does three shifts every week taking in and sorting deliveries at the Food Distribution Hub. It’s a demanding role. In order to keep everyone safe and respect social distancing, we can only have a small team of volunteers in the building at any time and a lot of food is delivered."Theresa came to our community café, the Walworth Living Room, last year and was soon helping us run activities including setting up a new creative writing group.
Teresa says, “It’s good for the soul. People are doing it because they want to and that’s just great. It’s a really positive way to move forward in these times and makes you realise that people really care. There’s such a lovely energy.”
She’s also working hard to keep her creative writing group going. She’s been calling the members of the group regularly to make sure that everyone is okay and is now starting to run sessions on-line through our website, www.walworthlivingroom.org.
It’s a learning process, especially as the technology can be a challenge for some of the members, but it’s also a real lifeline at a time when many are feeling isolated and lonely. So, she’s working out ways to help people get involved in any way they can.
In the meantime, she’s enjoying getting to know new people and looking forward to a time when we can all get together again in person at the Walworth Living Room".
Covid-19 Volunteering Opportunities
See all the current Covid-19 volunteering opportunities here.