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.
Paul is a Volunteer Befriender with Link Age Southwark, he's been voluteering since 1995! Link Age Southwark's Senior Volunteer Coordinator, jennie Linnett, tells us about Paul's story:
Paul joined Link Age Southwark as a volunteer back in February 1995. He is a volunteer befriender and a fantastic support to us with our fundraising and community awareness campaign, always happy to put on a Link Age Southwark T-shirt and look after a stall for us to let people know about our services and volunteering opportunities.
Paul says he really enjoys the fact that volunteering gives his life structure and a feeling of a purpose. “I also enjoy the fact that you get to meet various people from all sorts of backgrounds and walks of life which is a very interesting and positive experience.”
While volunteering with Link Age Southwark, Paul has learned a wide range of skills and also attended free training courses on safeguarding, bereavement counselling, wheelchair safety skills and IT.
Paul’s most valuable work has been working as a volunteer befriender to an older gentleman called Ronald, visiting him at home for a grand total of twenty years. Together, they formed our charity’s longest lasting befriending relationship until Ronald sadly passed away in 2017.
Paul visited Ronald in four settings, which met his different needs as his health deteriorated. During their many encounters Paul would listen to Ronald’s stories about growing up in West London and being called up to serve during WW2. Together, they enjoyed getting out into gardens and walking about and reminiscing. Thank you to Paul for over twenty years of service.
Other Volunteer stories:
Read Candy's story here
Read Franco's story here
Read Cynthia's story here.
Read Joy's story here.
Read Annabelle and Carwyn's story here.
We have lots of activities going on through the week, including a Volunteer Picnic and East Street Market outreach, come and see us! Take a look here for more info.
You can also take a look at the Volunteers' Week webiste here to find out the themes for each day of the week.
Book a Volunteer Advice Appointment
This is the perfect time to get started with voluneering! Book a 1to1 advice appointment with here Amelia, our Volunteer Adviser, who will talk you through all the suitable opportunities within Southwark. Or you can email us for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org