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We are the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Southwark. We support charities, community groups and individuals through capacity building, networks and training.

Sarah’s volunteer story

Sarah had a Volunteer Advice appointment with Community Southwark in November 2017 and gained some useful guidance to help with the start of her volunteer journey.


Sarah has since been volunteering with Handicap International UK. Sarah’ story illustrates the many positive impacts that volunteering can have.

What is the name of the current organisation you volunteer with?

Handicap international UK (Humanity and Inclusion).

Thinking back to when you started to volunteer, what (or who) motivated you to first get involved?

What motivated me to volunteer was the need to use up my free time to give back to society.

What are some of the benefits that you feel you gain from volunteering?
  1. Through volunteering, I have been able to meet and make new friends.
  2. I have also been able to use up my free time.
  3. I am learning new things.
  4. I am getting more motivation in giving back in my little way to society.
How do you think your volunteering makes an impact on your organisation?

I have been able to support my organisation with my administrative skills and great attention to detail.

If you had an opportunity to communicate one message about volunteering to Southwark’s many and varied communities, what would this be?

Get started with volunteering!

If you would like some support to get started with volunteering, then book an appointment here and come in and see one of our Volunteer Advisors. Or for any queries please email: volunteering@communitysouthwark.org 

Have you had support from us?

Also, if Community Southwark has supported your organisation, whether that be with a funding application, your monitoring & evaluation, volunteer management, we’d love to hear from you! Email: communications@communitysouthwark.org