Volunteering for All

Volunteering for All
Volunteers' Week 2018

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the


It took place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

Both Community Southwark and Community Waltham Forest hosted picnics to celebrate some of the wonderful volunteers we have in our boroughs. Take a look at our lovely day in the sun below:


We talked to local volunteers before and during the week to hear about their experiences and to ask local groups and charities what they have to say about their volunteers. 

Dapaul: Homelessness has no place

Depaul help young people who are affected by homelessness in the UK. Hear their volunteer Ann talk about volunteering with Depaul in this short film:

Shakespeare's Globe:

Shakespeare's Globe's diverse programme of work  cultivates curiosity and excites learning to make Shakespeare accessible for all. Hear three of their volunteers, Terry, Jean and David, talk about their volunteering experience at the Globe in this short film:

If you would like us to visit your organisation or group to do a short fim about your volunteers, then please do get in touch: jo@communitysouthwark.org

Here's some quotes from a few of the volunteers at Pembroke House:

  • “When the kids grew up I was left feeling that I wasn’t needed.  Volunteering at Pembroke House has given me the feeling of being useful again.”
  • “Pembroke House has done wonders for my confidence. There’s a genuine warmth about the place.  It’s a place where you can develop.”
  • “From the moment I arrived, I felt welcome and at home at Pembroke House.  Everyone in the office is so warm and friendly.”
  • “I love the working environment at Pembroke House.  This is friendly, kind with a very helpful attitude.” 
  • “Pembroke House is like a magnet: it draws people in.  Everyone works together in a team.”
  • ‘I come to Pembroke House every week just laughing and smiling all the way through.’

Mike Wilson, Executive Director at Pembroke House, said:

Volunteers keep Pembroke House ticking. Without their skills and commitment we couldn’t run the range of projects we do, and the centre wouldn’t be filled with the same life and energy.”  












Here's what some of the volunteers at Link Age Southwark had to say:

  • “It's good to know that I'm making a difference to people's lives and getting so much out of it myself as well." - Volunteer Group Leader
  • “I have found volunteering with Link Age Southwark extremely rewarding.” – Volunteer Befriender 
  • “Befriending is a very rewarding role and I can see first-hand the great work that Link Age Southwark do. On a personal level, I have developed a much wider understanding of dementia and developed a friendship with a fellow member of my community.” – Volunteer Befriender
  • “I wondered if volunteering would add an extra pressure in my life, but I am really enjoying it.” – Volunteer Befriender 
  • “What do I get from volunteering? Warmth, friendship, giving and receiving. And good company.” – Volunteer Befriender 
  • “It was the best thing I ever did when I joined Link Age Southwark.” – unknown

Volunteer stories

Please keep sharing your volunteer stories, tweet @cosouthwark or email them to: info@communitysouthwark.org