2023, Volunteers, Local Organisations and the Cost of Living Crisis
A new campaign from Volunteer Centre Hackney (VCH) is rallying volunteers to help residents cope with the emotional, mental and physical challenges of the Cost of Living Crisis.
VCH, with support from Hackney Council, is leading efforts to pair volunteers with organisations providing services around food, warming hubs and social befriending and support. The campaign helps to alleviate some of the effects of isolation, hunger and fuel-poverty, while providing residents with a way to make a positive impact on their neighbours. The campaign continues to stress the variety of roles, the variety of time commitments and variety of locations.
Throughout the campaign, VCH will highlight different roles available, the time required and how to get involved. Roles will range from immediate one-off opportunities to long-term, regular participation. People can find some type of role that works with their schedule, make a positive impact on their local community and experience the benefits that come with volunteering. All roles are available at VC Connect.
- Steward at Warming Locations: Welcome guests to warming locations around the borough, where residents can come for companionship, a cup of tea, and to get warm.
- Befriending: Make a weekly call or visit with lonely or isolated residents.
- Food Preparation: One-off or ongoing support at local food bank helping prepare and serve warm meals.
- Signposting: Helping residents find where to go for additional support and services.
FOR ORGANISATIONS: If you have roles that you feel match these areas of focus please let us know. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you’re registered with Volunteer Centre Hackney, simply add any new roles that you have to Volunteer Connect – Organisations.
Not yet registered your roles with us? In less than 5 minutes, you can be up and running, reaching new potential volunteers. Register here at Volunteer Connect – Register
FOR INDIVIDUALS: Log onto or register with VC Connect – Volunteers to search all available roles.
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ABOUT VOLUNTEER CENTRE HACKNEY
Volunteer Centre Hackney (VCH) work with charities and community groups across Hackney, who are in need of valuable volunteers to provide the core of their day-to-day activities.
Situated in the heart of Dalston, VCH’s aim is to support and engage Hackney residents in sharing their skills, time and passion in their local community and creating flexible models that make it possible for more people to volunteer. By matching people to causes they are interested in, VCH hope to increase the spirit of community within Hackney.
VCH also deliver a range of projects, which enable everyone – people with disabilities or mental health needs, local employees and lone parents – to make a difference and meet life goals. Projects include Step Up, Together Better, Community Supporters, Public Health Community Champions and Our Place.