On Tuesday the 11th February, Goldsmiths Careers Service held a Volunteering Marketplace: Micro-volunteering event. The fair presented many different charities and non-profit organisations whose work focused on 3 key themes, including, Arts and Culture, Active Citizenship and Education, Health and Community. During the fair, organisations brought their micro-volunteering opportunities to students, who could get involved in volunteering opportunities right there and then. Volunteering opportunities on the day included registering to donate blood or creating a small piece of artwork to share on social media. Finally, the Health and Community section included Voluntary Services Lewisham (VSL), Mencap, Richmond Fellowship, Quo Vadis trust, and the Sickle Cell Society.
Voluntary Services Lewisham (VSL)
VSL is an independent charity founded in 1969. They operate under an equality and diversity framework and service users include older people, vulnerable adults, people with physical disabilities, people experiencing mental health difficulties, children & families from disadvantaged backgrounds, Single parents, Unemployed, and people in recovery from addiction. Volunteering opportunities include One-to One Befriending support for lonely people, Mental Health Drop-Ins, a Christmas Hamper Project see here: https://www.lewishamlocal.com/voluntary-services-lewisham-christmas-hamper-project/, helping vulnerable people with DIY projects, and many more projects.
To get involved with VSL visit their website at www.vslonline.org.uk, or phone 0208911747, and apply via an online form at https://vslonline.org.uk/volunteering-application-form/.
Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. They value and support people with a learning disability, and their families and carers. They have been named the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year, and you can join in with their activities at the sporting event with their Cheer With Us project to cheer on the #TeamMencap runners.
For Mencap volunteer services please get in contact at Royal Mencap Society, 123 Golden Lane, London, EC1Y 0RT, phone at: 020 7454 0454, and to get involved with the Cheer with us campaign at: www.mencap.org.uk/cheerwithus.
Richmond Fellowship is a national charity that supports over 9,000 people living with mental ill health every year. Richmond Fellowship adopts a person-centred approach to recovery, providing a range of support services tailored to meet the needs of the individual. There are many volunteer roles available including supporting people who use their services, befriending, helping with gardening, creative activities, office work, and much more.
The Richmond Fellowship can be contacted by Telephone: 03300 083 808, or you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more please go to their website at www.richmondfellowship.org.uk.
The Quo Vadis trust is a specialist housing charity which provides supported living for those who have complex mental health needs. They operate in South East London providing housing as well as a wealth of support to maximise the clients’ independence and wellbeing. Volunteers will develop a professional rapport with clients, support client recovery through engagement and empowerment, organise one-to-one sessions workshops and much more.
Sickle Cell Society
The Sickle Cell Society is working in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant to vastly improve the lives of the 15,000 people in the UK with sickle cell disease. Many sickle cell patients need regular blood transfusions and benefit from more precisely matched blood; this is most likely to come from someone with the same ethnicity. As a Community Advocate volunteer, you will use your links to raise awareness of the need for more black donors; encourage people to donate blood and break down some of the concerns and preconceptions that exist around giving blood.
Contact Tracy Williams, Project Manager and Community Organiser at the Sickle Cell Society at email@example.com, telephone at 07809 736099, or find out more at www.sicklecellsociety.org/southlondongives/, and www.blood.co.uk.