Pembroke House is a centre for social action and residential community in Walworth, South London. Pembroke House have a Wellbeing Programme, enabling people who are interested in improving their sense of wellbeing to get involved in community activities at our centre.
When we see Tom having animated chats with our Lunch Clubbers as he serves their food, we find it difficult to believe that he originally came to Pembroke House because he was advised to try volunteering as a way to overcome his agoraphobia.
The first time Tom came to Pembroke House and signed up as a volunteer, he quickly felt overwhelmed. We agreed that he would take a break but that the door was always open. A few months later, Tom came back and started using his computer skills to help us design leaflets for various projects. Soon he started volunteering at Lunch Club as well and quickly became one of our most reliable volunteers as well as joining staff members to sing in a local choir.
He says, "I came to give back to the community through volunteering but I find I’m developing skills I didn’t realise I was lacking".
Tom is now working towards a future career in mental health.
Other Pembroke House stories:
Read Olivia's story here.
Read Carol's story here.
This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Body Image', looking into how the way we feel and think about our bodies can affect our mental health throughout life.
Get involved in the week here! Use this week to #BeBodyKind!
Social Prescribing Survey
Our Healthwatch Southwark team want to hear from people who have been given advice by their GP, or another health or care worker, to join in community activities.
They'd also like to hear from people with health conditions/disabilities who have not received this kind of help.
They want to learn more about how this is going in Southwark and you can help us by completing the survey here.