Latest News and Stories from Volunteer Centre Sutton

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26% of residents who have undergone a free health and wellbeing check have been revealed to have high blood pressure. Anyone showing a high reading is immediately referred for medical attention through a robust follow-up process.

Keywords: Health Navigators - News

Thanks to Ian Williams generosity, MAPS mentoring pairs embarked on a trip to TeamSport Go Karting in Mitcham for a thrilling day bonding over exciting races, slushies, and waffles!

Young Commissioners explored wellbeing through art and nature, learning about Sutton’s "Landscape Artist of the Year" competition and practicing the "5 Ways to Wellbeing" during stressful exam season.

Over 70 people attended a community picnic at Hill House on Saturday 22nd June where we warmly welcomed families from the Ukraine, Hong Kong and Afghanistan communities in Sutton.

Marking one year of our Volunteer Story of the Month feature, we talk to Peter Struik “serial volunteer” extraordinaire, Chair of Sutton Soup, and active volunteer with EcoLocal, amongst many others!

Keywords: News - Stories - Volunteering

Huge congratulations to our Jack Petchey Award winners - We are grateful to Jack Petchey Foundation for their support and are sad to hear of his passing.

MAPS Chocolate Making Workshop strengthens mentor-mentee bonds through hands-on chocolate crafting led by former mentor turned master chocolatier, Derek.

Keywords: Mentoring - News

The Young Commissioners meeting every fortnight in term-time to help make a difference in Sutton. In their latest session, we arranged for local community artists, Team Imagineers, to do a short workshop so the young people could share some ideas for what to include in the new massive mural being made in Sutton.

Young Commissioners toured Oru Space, explored their upcoming community garden, brainstormed ideas for its development, and enjoyed a relaxing community meditation class to de-stress during exam season.

Over 130 people came to our Volunteers' Week celebration, to thank volunteers and to learn more about our Impact and our new Vision "Building better lives through volunteering".

This May half-term, nine-year-old Martha embarked on a remarkable journey to climb Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) in Wales, aiming to raise funds for MAPS Mentoring.

3rd-9th June is Volunteers' Week, and the 40th anniversary of it. The celebration starts today. It’s a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole. We wanted to shine a light on an extraordinary young volunteer in the borough: Dom.

Keywords: News - Stories - Volunteering

From isolation to confidence: how mentoring transformed Aria's life and school attendance.

Keywords: Mentoring - News

Our Community Volunteer Squad continues to support local residents with one-off "helpful" tasks such as furtniture assembling, garden tidying, etc.  There are many local residents who are in circumstances preventing them from making basic repairs or completing various tasks themselves. This is where our volunteers step in, to help a local person to fix a problem

"The families had a blast, and the kids were over the moon with excitement."

For May, a month bringing awareness to mental health, especially with the 2024 theme being Movement: Moving more for our mental health, we had a quick chat with Sara Lee from Cre8 Football.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Following the Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum evening networking event in January, we decided to support every Sutton Soup this year and get to know each other and more local organisations in a more relaxed setting.

Keywords: Organisations

We are excited to announce the launch of a new initiative aimed at supporting Ukrainian teenagers in Sutton.

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As Volunteer Centre Sutton is one of the Mayor of Sutton’s two chosen charities for 2023-2024, the Young Commissioners co-created an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday as a fun fundraising activity.

Tackling the challenges faced by young people’s mental health.

This month we hear from one of our longest serving MAPS mentors, Anthony French, about his experience over several years mentoring several young people in the borough.

It's been a great few years supporting the Hong Konger community arriving and settling in the London Borough of Sutton since 2019.  However our funding for this project ends in March 2024 and so it's now time to say farewell!

Keywords: Integrating Sutton

A welcome-to-the UK course from Volunteer Centre Sutton helped Cynthia into volunteering as a Health Navigator.

March 2024 was our first official Forum of the year, the day before Spring officially starts. Our topic was "Spring into Action" with Hedley Featherstone MBE, who received his MBE for services to volunteering. We started with a focus on our "spring into action" with strong starts in volunteering.

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Two of our Young Commissioners were invited to be part of a panel and to discuss how the Council budget is supporting young people's priorities of the cost of living, safety, inequalities and mental health.

Our Integrating Sutton project coordinator, Frennie, was recently invited to meet the Sutton Older Hongkongers.

This month we hear from two women about the effect befriending has had on their lives, in the lead up to International Women’s Day this month.

In partnership with Sutton Council, Volunteer Centre Sutton is supporting an awareness campaign for Child Exploitation Awareness Week 18-22 March 2024.

On Saturday 24th February 2024, the Ukrainian community in Sutton came together to mark the two years since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Keywords: News - Ukraine

We are delighted to announce that MAPS Mentoring is a recipient of the Mayor of London’s New Deal For Young People funding. This amazing opportunity, part of Propel, will provide MAPS Mentors for 200 vulnerable young people in Sutton.

After being excluded from school, mentoring became a sanctuary for Blake, especially sharing sports activities with his Mentor

Keywords: Mentoring - News

Sam was isolated when he started at secondary school, making him highly susceptible to exploitation and grooming.

Keywords: Mentoring - News

Over 2000 people welcomed in the Year of the Dragon thanks to the Lunar New Year event held in Sutton library this weekend.

Keywords: Integrating Sutton - News

Three amazing volunteers from the Hong Kong Community in Sutton have kindly shared their stories in the run up to Lunar New Year celebrations this month.

Ahead of #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek (5-11 February) we hosted a journaling session with our MAPS Mentoring pairs

Keywords: Mentoring - News

Nine of our amazing Squad volunteers went to Sherwood Park School, to bring their library back to life

Instead of a daytime Volunteer Coordinators' Forum in January, we had a drop in evening social at Shinner and Sudtone followed by the main event of Sutton Soup. It enabled those of you who volunteer around a full time job to join us too.

We made it! Finishing up our 2024 Joyful January - daily doses of inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages to uplift your spirits. See how volunteering in our community helps both individuals and communities feel joyful and maybe a tempted to have a go yourself and get your friends along! Here's the roundup for Week 5.

Joyful January is back for 2024 - daily doses of inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages to uplift your spirits. See how volunteering in our community helps both individuals and communities feel joyful and maybe a tempted to have a go yourself and get your friends along! Here's the roundup for Week 4.

Our Volunteer story of the Month for January is with a "Back to School" themed. It is also International Day of Education on Wednesday 24th January. Duncan from REUK, Refugee Education UK shares his story.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Joyful January is back for 2024 - daily doses of inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages to uplift your spirits. See how volunteering in our community helps both individuals and communities feel joyful and maybe a tempted to have a go yourself and get your friends along! Here's the roundup for Week 3.

Joyful January is back for 2024 - daily doses of inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages to uplift your spirits. See how volunteering in our community helps both individuals and communities feel joyful and maybe a tempted to have a go yourself and get your friends along! Here's the roundup for Week 2.

Joyful January is back for 2024 - daily doses of inspiration on our Facebook and Instagram pages to uplift your spirits. See how volunteering in our community helps both individuals and communities feel joyful and maybe a tempted to have a go yourself and get your friends along! Here's the roundup for Week 1.

December is a time for giving, presents as well as time. Are you buying gifts from charity shops at all? Shining the spotlight on our wonderful volunteers in the charity shops this winter.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Held within the beautiful Mallison room at Wallington Library, we learned all about DofE and how organisations can support DofE students with their voluntary section.

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MAPS Mentoring introduced our young people to using clay in a workshop funded by The Arts Society.

The Sutton Youth Summit, held on Thursday 16th November 2023, was a resounding success, drawing over 80 young people and 20 adults from the community.

Sutton Council has extended funding for our new project supporting the Afghan community in Sutton.

Our Young Commissioners were given the opportunity to speak to Paul Scully, MP for Sutton and Cheam, Parliamentary Minister for London and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy).

This month we are celebrating Befriending Week from 1-7th November. Fresh from her Serpentine Swim fundraising for us, Jo Bolton shares her story of being a befriender as part of Sutton Befrienders, along with her other volunteering and fundraising support.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Happy Halloween! Our October Volunteer Coordinators' Forum took place on 31st October so an element of seasonal fun was added.

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Ahead of Trustees’ Week in November, Historic Croydon Airport Trust shares with us the stories of two of their newest trustees. They are still looking for another trustee, read on and it might inspire you.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Sutton Vision shares their story, just ahead of Befriending Week, of Adrian who volunteers as a telephone befriender for them.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Sam, a 17 year old care leaver, was at risk of becoming homeless but her volunteer Advocate helped her to secure a Care Leavers support package, including a secure home.

Keywords: Advocacy

Volunteering as a Sutton Befriender helped Elisabete recuperate from her own mental health problems, as well as helping Pat to regain her confidence.

How a simple blood pressure check led to a potentially life-saving diagnosis.

Keywords: Health Navigators

MAPS Practitioner Teresa Martucci shares her thoughts on what Care Leavers need, for National Care Leavers' Week.

Keywords: Mentoring

Ethan has been connected to MAPS Mentoring for over 10 years, firstly as a Child in Care and then as a Care Leaver.

Keywords: Mentoring

Get ready for the Sutton Youth Summit 2023: cost of living, safety, inequalities, mental health.

Alongside a MAPS Mentor, Sonny learnt to express himself, overcome his fears and and find more stability in life during a turbulent time.

Keywords: Mentoring - News - Volunteering

Focus on the MAPS Mentoring Esteem Pathway - supporting young people facing poor mental health, low self-confidence or self-esteem, self-harm and risk of suicide.

Keywords: Mentoring - Volunteering

This month we are celebrating both Volunteer Centre Sutton and St Raphael's Hospice being chosen as the Sutton Mayor's Charities of the year. This October we hear from Richard Ming, a volunteer from St Raphael's Hospice.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Our ladies did it! They did swimmingly and raised money for Volunteer Centre Sutton!

Our new term of Volunteer Coordinator’s Forums was a great opportunity to welcome back familiar faces and welcome in new faces.

Keywords: Organisations

Our MAPS Mentoring project has been supporting Ukrainian young people in the London Borough of Sutton, thanks to funding from Sutton Council.

Volunteer Centre Sutton has secured funding for part of our MAPS Mentoring programme from the William Wates Memorial Trust.

Calling all organisations, we want to hear your thoughts. We're now three quarters through the year and are starting to plan our free organisational support for 2024 and need your input.

Keywords: Organisations

As they prepare to enter university, we say goodbye and good luck to three of our remarkable Young Commissioners: Sudipta, Ela, and Anusha.

Find out more about the exciting array of events happening, raising vital funds for Volunteer Centre Sutton and St Raphael’s Hospice

In just over a week away, on 16th September, our wonderful swimmers are once again supporting us by doing the Serpentine Swim at the famous Hyde Park Serpentine lake.

Every month we are sharing inspirational volunteer stories, with September being the start of a new term and school year we thought it would be good to hear from one of the younger voices of the volunteering world.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

We had planned for nothing formal set up in August, however due to popular demand from our successful July Forum, Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum members asked for a casual meet up, picnic and a chance to play some games - so we made it happen!

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the Mayor of Sutton's two chosen charities for 2023-2024

The Young Commissioners were delighted to be invited to the Mayor's Parlour for refreshments and cakes.

A mentoring pair enjoying a meal, a game and a smile at the end of their year long mentoring relationship:

Keywords: Mentoring - Volunteering

Sutton Befrienders walking tennis group's seven week trial in June and July has proved so successful it will return in September!

Volunteer Centre Sutton's newest project: The Community Volunteer Squad is helping vulnerable residents across the borough.

Shining the light on a new volunteer story this month to give further insight into those individuals who transform our borough.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Community Action Sutton kindly hosted the July Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum at their Hill House and Garden community venue. A friendly space for volunteer coordinators and those who work with volunteers to come together to network, learn and help one another.

Volunteer Health Navigators providing health checks to the local Ukraine Community at the 'Homes for Ukraine' event at The Salvation Army

We want to celebrate the volunteers that make our borough great, you, the individuals who give up your time to help others and make a real difference.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Our annual event to celebrate the impact of Volunteer Centre Sutton and celebrate all that has been achieved over the past year took place on the afternoon of Thursday 6th July.

On Thursday 29th June, the Local Safeguarding Children Partnership Board in Sutton invited young people to present their findings.

A round up of the last 6 months of Volunteer Coordinators Forums with Volunteer Centre Sutton. A fun way we support organisations that have volunteers to recruit, reward and retain volunteers is through getting volunteer coordinators together most months to share their top tips and learn from one another.

Keywords: Organisations

Easyfundraising is a super easy way to support charities like Volunteer Centre Sutton whilst you do your online shopping now that smile.amazon is no longer around.

On Thursday 15th June, the first Sutton Youth Board meeting took place, bringing together a diverse and representative group of young people from Sutton.

Music and Movement 6 week programme by Sutton Befrienders proves hugely popular and a hit with locals looking to make friends, move and have some fun.

Keywords: Sutton Befrienders

Young people have always been a catalyst for change and progress, and in Sutton, the power of young people is truly making a difference.

Previously owned laptops used by LexisNexis Risk Solutions colleagues are being distributed to disadvantaged families, providing them with access to technology they wouldn't otherwise have.

Keywords: News - Organisations

Dedicated Community Health Navigator volunteers have been trained to help address health inequalities and promote community well-being

Keywords: Health Navigators

Over 150 members of the public came to meet 25+ local volunteering organisations at the Sutton Volunteer Showcase

The Joint Sutton School Councils meeting took place on the 29th March and the theme of the meeting was on personal safety.

The Young Commissioners were delighted to have been invited to attend the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Meeting on Political Literacy.

We were delighted to welcome Ellie Simmonds to Sutton to meet some of our activity buddies, filmed for BBC Morning Live in the run up to Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day.

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The Young Commissioners have created a social media campaign to raise awareness of the issues.

Sutton’s Race Equality Conference took place on Thursday 9th February, hosted by Community Action Sutton. The Young Commissioners were delighted to have been asked to attend to find out more.

Our wonderful colleagues, Hayley and Jenny, have been training hard since November to take part in this half marathon on 26th March.

A group of our local Hong Kongers joined the Ukrainian Saturday School at Christ Church Sutton to share how the Lunar New Year is celebrated.

At our most recent MAPS social, we set out to create a collaborative piece of art, in recognition of 2023's #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek theme “Let’s Connect”.

Keywords: Mentoring - Volunteering

Our trip to London’s West End, thanks to Ian Williams, Hyde Housing Match My Project and the Rotary Club of Wallington.

Navani, one of the Young Commissioners, will be writing regular blogs on what they get up to in their fornightly meetings

Sutton is one of three finalists for the "Great British Spring Clean Award"

Keywords: News - Organisations

Our Ukraine Coordinator, Nataliya Semchyshyn, tells us about how the Ukrainian Community in Sutton has celebrated Christmas this year.

Keywords: News - Ukraine

Following November 2022's Sutton Plan Partnership Meeting, our CEO Anita Maullin shares her thoughts and updates

Keywords: News - Organisations

White Ribbon Day was on 25th November this year and marked the beginning of 16 Days of Action against gender-based violence.

Welcome to #JoyfulJanuary! We’re kickstarting 2023 with a whole month of volunteering opportunities to help you feel uplifted, bring joy to others and to your community.

Information about Warm Spaces in the borough of Sutton

Keywords: News - Organisations

Our Community Space Co-ordinator Ben Thomas has been working closely with parks, cafes, libraries and other community settings across the whole of Sutton to install a series of litter picking stations at targeted locations.

Keywords: News - Organisations

We were delighted to welcome staff from British Airways to learn more about our Activity Buddy programme, funded by Comic Relief.

Keywords: News - Sutton Befrienders

In collaboration with Cheam Coterie, Volunteer Centre Sutton hosted a 'Welcome to the UK' course for Hong Kongers who have recently settled in Sutton, as part of our Integrating Sutton project.

Our Young Commissioners met ahead of London Voter Registration Week 2022 to brainstorm messages that they want to share with young people

Our MAPS Mentoring project supports many Care Leavers with one-to-one mentoring. To mark National Care Leavers Week 2022, we wanted to share the story of Dillon, a 21-year-old Care Leaver, and his experience of mentoring.

Join our team of Warm Spaces Volunteers

Keywords: News - Volunteering

Sutton’s Young Commissioners were delighted to welcome over 50 people (of which 35 were young people) to their Youth Voice Summit on Thursday 22nd September at Sutton Library

Volunteer Centre Sutton is one of over 40 national and regional projects being allocated further government funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to help British National (Overseas) families settle successfully into life in the UK.

Volunteer Centre Sutton is delighted to announce that the charity has achieved the London Youth UK Youth Bronze Quality Mark Award for 2022 to 2025.

Newly arrived Hong Kongers and local people united over afternoon tea in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee in Sutton’s Manor Park

Keywords: Integrating Sutton

Flora and her daughter Ariel moved to the UK 10 months ago

Bernard moved to Sutton from Hong Kong in August 2021

Our MAPS mentoring project supports many young carers with one to one mentoring.

The awards were live streamed on Wednesday 23 February across social media, hosted by comedian and actor Tim Vine.

Keywords: News - Volunteering

Volunteer Centre Sutton is one of 47 national and regional projects being allocated government funding from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to help British National (Overseas) families settle successfully into life in the UK.

Keywords: News - Organisations

Volunteer Centre Sutton and Sutton Council are joining forces for Sutton Spring Clean 2022 - a huge community effort to get the borough looking its best for summer

Keywords: News - Organisations

A huge thank you to all the people in Sutton who generously bought gifts for the vulnerable children and aduts we support

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Give the gift of time this Christmas by volunteering in Sutton

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We spoke to Neil Davies, who joined Volunteer Centre Sutton's board in 2021, on why he decided to become a Trustee.

We are all so excited to launch our Christmas Appeal to give a gift to the vulnerable children and adults we support. Will you help us light up someone's Christmas?

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"During my mentoring year I have learnt It can be good to meet new people" Jaz, aged 12

Keywords: Mentoring - Volunteering

Michael arrived in the UK alone and unsure of his future

Keywords: Mentoring - Volunteering

UPDATE: Thank you to EVERYONE who has donated to this appeal. We are now full and are no longer accepting any more physical donations.

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"You meet so many different people every time you turn up for a shift, whether you're working with them or helping them and every day is another great experience." Read about the experiences of one our Nonsuch Vaccine Site volunteers

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

As the Nonsuch Vaccination site winds down, we reflect on the past four and bit months, and an incredible team of 190 volunteers who have made it all possible

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Joan and Alice, one of our Sutton Befrienders pairs

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Rosina and Alex, one of our Sutton Befrienders pairs

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How Sutton Befrienders helped J, a young man recovering from a stroke

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Trevor and David, one of our Sutton Befrienders pairs

Keywords: Sutton Befrienders

We could not be more proud of Pete Jemson, winner of the "Oustanding Volunteer" award at the 2020 Sutton Community Awards, and now nominated by Sutton Council for BBC Radio London's "Make a Difference Hero" awards

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Since the start of the pandemic, a staggering 12.4 million adults in the UK have volunteered - with more than a third stepping forward for the first time. Read Katie's story about how lockdown gave her the impetus to volunteer with us

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Our Volunteering Delivery and Development Manager, Marta Rocco, shares her thoughts on the recent report "The Road Ahead" from the NCVO

Keywords: News - Organisations

This is a live Zoom recording of an event which took place on Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 4pm. This event was joined by staff, volunteers and supporters from voluntary and community organisations across Sutton, to thank all volunteers in Sutton for their amazing and ongoing contribution.

Keywords: Organisations

Sutton's Community Awards 2020 celebrates the people who make Sutton a great place to live, work and bring up a family and who have gone above and beyond in the face of COVID-19.

Volunteers living in Sutton helped deliver more than 5000 food packages to Suttons' vulnerable and severely ill. Marta Rocco, Volunteer Centre Sutton's Volunteer Delivery and Development Manager, explains their role in coordinating volunteers to provide essential support to the shielded community

Keywords: News - Organisations

With lockdown easing and shielding guidance changing, you may have concerns about the kind of support you'll be able to access in the next few months. We wanted to assure you that there will continue to be support available for you, no matter what your circumstances.

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From managing 150 volunteers to managing 733 volunteers during Covid-19: #SmallCharityBigImpactDay 19th June 2020

Keywords: News - Organisations

What to donate and where to donate it

Today we are launching a Covid-19 appeal to support the ongoing work of Sutton's Voluntary and Community Sector in response to the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

Joint Statement from Alison Navarro, CEO Community Action Sutton, Anita Maullin CEO, Volunteer Centre Sutton, and Nicola Upton, CEO Age UK Sutton

Keywords: News - Organisations

Between the 1st and 24th December, we're bringing you a new volunteering opportunity from organisations in Sutton and beyond

Keywords: Organisations

We are fundraising to give young care leavers in Sutton a Christmas to remember

Keywords: News

Congratulations to one of our longest standing MAPS Mentors, Derek Terrell, who was awarded Outstanding Volunteer at the 2019 Sutton Community Awards

Keywords: Mentoring - Volunteering

We celebrated the impact of volunteering in Sutton with a public event at the Sutton Central Library

Find out who was shortlisted for this year's Sutton Community Awards

Read Edina's story about her volunteering journey into full time employment

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Do you know an individual or group that deserves special recognition? Nominate now for Sutton's Community Awards

Pat Stanley, Volunteering Development Manager, shares the key take-aways from our July Volunteering Forum

One of our long-standing MAPS mentors shares her experiences

For Refugee Week 2019, our Community Engagement Coordinator, Marta Rocco, reflects on her own volunteering experiences supporting refugees

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Sutton Carers Centre would like to thank Jean Sharpington.

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity would like to thank Valerie Allsopp.

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. The Dreaming Tree Project would like to thank Bambina.

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity would like to thank Denise Clarke.

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Sutton Community Works would like to thank Vicki.

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Age UK Sutton would like to thank Rob Campion.

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Home-Start Sutton would like to thank Diana Broad.

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Home-Start Sutton would like to thank Sue Elson

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton and beyond. Jigsaw4u would like to thank Jacqui O'Connor

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Age UK Sutton would like to thank Sue

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. Our MAPS team would like to thank Caroline Magin

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton, starting with a thank you to one of our own volunteers

"I have volunteered forever" read Mary's inspiring story

Throughout Volunteers' Week we're sharing 'thank you' messages to volunteers from organisations in Sutton. St Raphael's Hospice would like to thank Jenny Watkins

There are currently around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. Dementia Friends is a programme led by the Alzheimer's Society to change people's perceptions of dementia and to create dementia-friendly communities.

Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. And doing these things as a volunteer will benefit you even more!

For the fourth year running, Volunteer Centre Sutton is delighted to support ShareTheMiracle, a community initiative collecting chocolate eggs to donate to those less fortunate at Easter.

Keywords: News - Volunteering

Our Young Commissioners help shape Healthwatch Sutton's recent survey into young people and mental health

Andrew and Sue met volunteering in 1971 and have just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary!

With this funding, our two organisations will work together to deliver a programme across Sutton's voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector. We will build and develop the capacity, skills, knowledge and experience of the sector, helping to transform Sutton's communities.

Keywords: News - Organisations

Between the 1st and 24th December, we're bringing you a new volunteering opportunity from organisations in Sutton and beyond

Tuesday 27th November is #GivingTuesday and to celebrate we want to share with you some very festive volunteering opportunities in Sutton this Christmas as well as ways you can support local giving initiatives.

Keywords: Volunteering

Your free online volunteer recruitment platform just got better!

Keywords: Organisations - Resources

Afraid of leaving the house and struggled to cope with the demands of school life, he turned to MAPS for support

Keywords: Mentoring - Stories

But a love of fast cars and a mentor helped him find a way forward

Keywords: Mentoring - Stories

She needed help to process her abusive childhood experiences

Keywords: Advocacy

Unable to see a future, she turned to MAPS for help

Keywords: Advocacy

Guest blogger Sorrel Parsons of Superhighways shares her top 5 free and easy-to-use apps to help small charities better demonstrate their impact. Part of our new Digital resources blog series!

Keywords: Organisations - Resources

Our volunteer management system, Volunteer Connect, has recently had some useful updates - find out how these changes benefit your charity or group!

Keywords: Organisations - Resources

A brief summary of some of the findings from our recent research pilot looking into the effects of volunteering on health and wellbeing

Pat, our Volunteering Development Manager, relates the story of Myra, one of the participants in our prescribed volunteering project, who said that volunteering helped her health recovery.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Pat, our Volunteering Development Manager, relates the story of Patrick, one of the participants in our prescribed volunteering project, who said that volunteering is the connection between his old world and his new world.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

This Trustees Week, many organisations will be celebrating their trustees who volunteer their time and skills in governance. Trustees make a huge impact - why not look into becoming one yourself?

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

We asked Judith Smith, Pastor of Horizon Church Sutton to write a guest blog about the positive experiences her church has had hosting Employer-Supported Volunteer teams at her church building, from which several community projects are run. She shares about the impact of ESV, some of the challenges and her top tips for any organisation thinking of hosting an ESV team.

Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) has great potential for growth. Volunteer Centre Sutton hosted its most recent Volunteering Forum around the topic, hearing from the experiences of a charity who has accessed ESV support and a business who has empowered its staff to provide it, and discussing the way forward for ESV in the London Borough of Sutton.

Keywords: Organisations - Resources

Matt (Digital Inclusion Coordinator) interviews Helen Gasparelli (Mentoring & Advocacy Manager) about her recent Employee Volunteering (EV) experience.

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

VCS's Volunteering Development Manager, Pat Stanley, has 15 years' experience training in the voluntary sector and advising organisations in developing Good Practice in Volunteer Management, Here, she asks some important questions of those managing volunteers.

Keywords: Organisations - Resources

Priya volunteers at the Refugee and Migrant Network in Sutton, where she teaches English as a Second language to adults

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

Petrica is a mum of 2 teenage boys who has lived in the area the whole of her life. After thinking about volunteering for years, she took the plunge on New Year's Day, 2010

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering

69-year old Noreen has lived in Sutton for almost 5 decades and spent 3 years at Volunteer Centre Sutton helping people find volunteering roles that match their skills and passions. She told us how this gave her a new purpose in life

Keywords: Stories - Volunteering