Rushey Green Time Bank are funded through Lewisham Council Main Grants Fund to lead on community development and support to voluntary and community sector organisations in Lewisham, through Lewisham Local.

What Support We Offer

Consultancy Support for Organisations in Crisis

Organisations that are in crisis will be offered a timely response, a diagnostic tool to complete, a meeting with a member of the team to discuss diagnostic findings and a support action plan developed together. Where necessary, external help may also be included.

If your organisation is in crisis please contact to request assistance.

Events & Training for Organisations

Programme of training and events to help your organisation develop skills, connect with the community, share learning, expertise and skills with others.

If you have a suggestion for specific training or can offer a session to train others, please email




Promoting Lewisham volunteering opportunities on our website, social media, events, email newsletters and in person. Engaging new people to volunteer who are not currently connected such as professionals, students and young people is a particular focus.

If you have a volunteering role you would like to advertise please contact



Impact Volunteering

Programme of opportunities throughout the year for individuals and organisations to get involved and use their time and skills to help the local community.

If you have a volunteering role you would like to advertise please contact



Rewarding Volunteering through Lewisham Local Card

Do you volunteer in Lewisham? Sign up for a free Lewisham Local Cardgetting discounts in over 470 independent businesses.

If you have volunteers please promote the free Lewisham Local Card to thank them for their contribution in the community!



Mayor’s Awards for Volunteering

The Mayor’s Awards for Volunteering are delivered each year in partnership with Lewisham Council to recognise and reward the invaluable contribution volunteers make in our communities. The Mayor’s Awards are a great way to recognise your volunteers for their contribution over the past year. Nominations usually open in September with the awards happening in November/December.



Information & Resources Sharing


Online Resources

Free resources are available on our website to help organisations develop and connect with the community. Some resources are developed through our training programme and others are external resources by partners and sector leaders.




Lewisham Local Community Directory

Over 190 community organisations, 475 local businesses and other community facilities are currently featured on the Directory. If your organisation would like to be included please submit this form.



Community Email Newsletters

Sign up to our email newsletters to receive information about training, volunteering, resources, community news, asset sharing, community fund and more!



Encouraging Businesses to Give in the Community

Encouraging local businesses to be community minded and give time, skills, money, in-kind gifts and support to Lewisham good causes. This can involve joining some of our current initiatives below or something more bespoke to utilise your skills and expertise.

If you would like to find out more please contact

Coming Soon…

Lewisham Launchpad Fund

In partnership with Lewisham Council, Lewisham Local will be delivering a small grants programme for individuals and organisations wanting to initiate new projects to benefit the community. Grants will be award between £500-£5,000 from a total funding pot of £55,000.

If you have an idea you would like to discuss, please contact

Asset Sharing Network / Lewisham Local Exchange

Encourage organisations and businesses to share their knowledge, expertise, space, volunteers etc via an online tool.

Lewisham Local Giving Fund

Many local people are not able to volunteer for various reasons or do not want to give to the community in that way. We plan to develop a local community fund to encourage individuals and local businesses to support good causes in Lewisham through giving financially.

New Trustees Training Programme

Individuals are often keen and willing to volunteer with local organisations but taking the step to becoming a trustee can be too far for some. We would like to develop a 1-year programme for individuals to receive training sessions on key trustee responsibilities whilst sitting on a trustee board of a local organisation as a trainee without full trustee responsibilities.


How can your organisation get involved?


Connecting community through giving to grow local pride, fairness, equality and opportunity

Lewisham has a strong voluntary and community sector (VCS) that makes a huge impact in serving our communities. We want to strengthen the sector and help organisations work strategically to tackle local issues as well as increase awareness of the good causes and needs in the community. We want to promote an asset-based giving philosophy where individuals, organisations and businesses from all sectors help each other by sharing time, skills, assets, expertise and knowledge.  This will increase networks, connectedness, capacity, and build community resilience. It will result in individuals contributing and experiencing an increased sense of belonging, pride, involvement, community, connectedness, well-being and purpose.

Approach and ethos 

A cross sector giving ethos where individuals, organisations and businesses share time, skills, assets, expertise and knowledge to create a sharing economy that is inclusive and builds resilience:

  • Bottom up civil society approach rooted in giving and volunteering
  • Mobilise people for action – give and share time, skills, gifts in-kind, support and money 
  • Build capacity in VCS through collaboration and reciprocity
  • Solution-focused, asset-based – not deficiency-based
  • Increase local knowledge and connectedness – connect assets already here, time, skills, knowledge, resources, physical 
  • Engage untapped assets in community – businesses, employers, students, new residents, professionals to boost local involvement and giving 
  • Be visible, responsive, on the ground, in locality action/impact based 
  • Recognise and reward giving and volunteering 
  • Add value, don’t duplicate, working with established networks and partners

What impact we hope to have

  1. Lewisham is a borough of giving
  2. Lewisham residents are involved & active 
  3. Lewisham’s Voluntary & Community Organisations are Informed & Connected 
  4. Lewisham’s Voluntary & Community Organisations are equipped and supported

Contact Us


Phone: 0207 138 1785

Address: Unit C, PLACE/Ladywell, 261 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6AY

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