Volunteer Centre Sutton runs a range of innovative projects, each developed after identifying an unmet need in our community.
We're committed to leading by example with all our projects to demonstrate the impact that great volunteering teams have on recipients of our services, volunteers themselves, and the community at large.
MAPS is an award-winning, early-intervention project providing mentoring and advocacy support to some of the borough’s most vulnerable children and young people.
Our volunteers support children facing a complex range of difficulties, including low self esteem, challenging family relationships, abuse, bereavement and self-harm - and provide them with a safe space to unpack life and have their voice heard.
Sutton Befrienders reduces social isolation and loneliness for vulnerable adults and older people, living in the London Borough of Sutton.
We train non-judgmental volunteers to support and build a meaningful relationships with people who need it, so that they feel less lonely and better connected in their community.
The project works in three ways:
- Call – a regular, friendly telephone conversation once a week.
- Catch up - a volunteer befriender visits someone in their own homes once a week to give them company and be a friendly face on a weekly basis
- Connect – a volunteer supports the user to reengage in the community and connect with activities and hobbies that they are interested in. The volunteer will help them find out about groups and activities happening in the borough and can provide support and encouragement to attend as well as going along with them if needs be.
Citizens Commissioning is a programme designed to enable the voice of Sutton’s residents to be heard on matters regarding the commissioning of public services.
Our volunteers help in the initial analysis of community need and in the briefing, choosing, monitoring and evaluation of providers, ensuring that public services commissioned by the Council represent the best possible quality for residents.