Projects & Partnerships

Our projects enable everyone – people with disabilities or mental health needs, local employees and lone parents – to make a difference and meet life goals. We offer bespoke volunteering opportunities and tailored support to ensure all volunteers have a valuable experience and benefit from positive outcomes like improved wellbeing and steps towards employment.

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Health and Wellbeing

We deliver specialised projects supporting people with multiple health needs to meet life goals. Step Up matches people with mental health needs to volunteer mentors, to help them move forward. We provide direct volunteering opportunities and support group placements and activities such as gardening, art and exercise, helping to improve wellbeing. Community Supporters volunteers reduce social isolation, by visiting people in their own homes, to enable them to partake in daily activities and rebuild their independence.

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Employee Volunteering

Employers build motivation and commitment amongst their staff and have a huge impact on local communities, by working with us to develop bespoke volunteer projects. We have worked with companies such as Vice and Barclays Bank to create group projects and individual volunteering roles. We can match skilled employees to local charities who need skills in business development, fundraising and communications. Email us to find out our latest opportunities. 

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Community-led Activities 

Residents and local communities are supported to devise their own solutions to local causes. We deliver projects on local estates to help people to co-produce activities to make their areas better places to live. Our Place brings residents together on the New Kingshold estate to create activities such as gardening, writing, and an arts and crafts group. We enable people to share their skills through group volunteering and tackling causes together, helping to bridge divides and strengthen local communities.

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Steps to Employment

Volunteering is a key step on the route towards paid employment. It provides essential skills and experience to go on CVs’ and application forms. We provide specialist Employment Advisors for people with mental health issues through Step Up and for people who are long term unemployed, Aim Higher.

  • 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
    – VOLUNTEER & HACKNEY RESIDENT

Past Projects 

STEPPING FORWARD

Stepping Forward was an Employment Support Programme for lone parents living and claiming benefits in Hackney.




YOUTH VOLUNTEERING TRAINING

During 2014-15, we joined the campaign led by the Mayor of London, to increase the rate of volunteering amongst young people. 




CHANGE TOGETHER

During 2014-15, we ran a Time to Change campaign, funded by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness to tackle mental health stigma across Hackney.



Our Annual Record

Different Outreach Services Engaged

Lone Parents Supported To Attain Personal Goals

People Under 25 Placed With Local Groups

People With Disabilities Supported To Volunteer