Volunteer Fair for Busy People – Huge Success!
The sun was shining, the samba band was out and Hackney was buzzing with positive vibes. A huge thanks to all the charities that attended VCH’s Volunteer Fair for Busy People on 6th April 2017 at the Hackney Museum; Hackney Refugee Forum, CORE, Homeshare Daycare, Abney Park Trust, St Josephs’ Hospice, Hands Inc, Ivy Street Family Centre, Hackney Playbus & Crisis.
All of the organsiations and roles advertised were for people who were time short and or had a specific skills they wanted to offer.
Over 70 people came to find out about how they could get involved in volunteering in Hackney. And we received some excellent feedback from organisations and volunteers:
“I can’t believe the response we have had. It was so positive. We have had loads of interest”
And last but not least, a big thank you to the Hackney Museum for hosting us, to the VCH team, our volunteers and everyone who supported this event by spreading the word and coming along. Happy Volunteering!!
Situated in the heart of Dalston, our aim is to encourage and develop the roles of volunteers within the community. By matching people to causes they are interested in we hope to increase the spirit of community within Hackney.
We work with over 350 community groups across Hackney, who are in need of volunteers as they provide the core of their day-to-day activities.
We also work on housing estates, supporting local residents to work in partnership with local services. We deliver supported volunteering programmes including our Big Lottery funded Step Up programme, which provides volunteer mentors to support and empower people with mental health needs to move into volunteering and paid employment.
Our work with volunteers – in numbers
• During 2015 – 2016 we helped over 1900 people find out more about volunteering.
• 497 of those who came to see us were placed locally.
• 612 of those we helped were under 25.
• 603 of those we helped were unemployed.
“I think the Step Up team do an amazing job helping clients into volunteering and mentoring. It’s an outstanding well-rounded service.”
EPC Support Worker
“Volunteering has had a huge impact on my patients’ self-esteem, and has allowed them to show their full potential.”
Primary Care Support Worker
“Coming to the Volunteer Centre helped me find opportunities I’ve always wanted. Sparing just a few minutes to pop into the centre will give you what you’re looking for.”