MP Visits Our Place
Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, visited the Our Place project this week, and heard residents describe how the project has been a lifeline to so many of them, helping them on the road to mental recovery. Meeting weekly on the New Kingshold estate, the residents co-produce their own activities, to provide local services that residents really need.
These have included Brave Women Networks, a women’s self-development course, Fun Club, a parent-led holiday group and Play Flat, a parent and child stay-and-play. Through sharing skills to jointly plan and deliver services, the residents find themselves sharing experiences and giving each other mutual support.
“Our Place has made me appreciate how amazing I am”, said one resident.
Meg Hillier, commented that groups like this, “really help prevent mental health problems from occurring, and there should be more across the borough”.
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.”