Getting ready for The Big Help Out: Sutton Volunteer Showcase Tuesday 18th April 2023

Thank you to everyone who came to the Sutton Volunteer Showcase on Tuesday 18th April 2023. The event brought together over 150 members of the public to meet 25+ local volunteering organisations.

This event was inspired by The Big Help Out campaign, to showcase how volunteering benefits both communities and the people who take part. The campaign will encourage a national day of volunteering on Monday 8 May 2023, the bank holiday of the coronation weekend. At Volunteer Centre Sutton, we are using this campaign as an opportunity to encourage, champion and celebrate all volunteering throughout the year.

Looking for volunteering opportunities related to The Big Help Out? Find them all here…

Thank you again to everyone involved in making the Sutton Volunteer Showcase such a brilliant, buzzy event and we hope that everyone has come away feeling inspired about volunteering and proud of our community in the London Borough of Sutton.

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We’ll be sharing lots of photos and videos from the day in due course, but in the meantime, here is what took place:


2.10: Welcome from Volunteer Centre Sutton
2.40: Adapting toys for inclusivity (QEF, Queen Elizabeth's Foundation for Disabled People)
3.10: Living with sight loss and how volunteers are vital (Sutton Vision)
3.40: Lavender uses and benefits (Carshalton Lavender)
4.10: The new Oak Cancer Centre (Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust)
4.40: Volunteering is good for you (Christine Lindsay MBE)
5.10: Volunteering in unexpected places (Independent Monitoring Boards and Historic Croydon Airport Trust)
5.40: Why volunteering is so important (Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council)


  • Guess the price of the charity shop items
  • Restack the book shelf competition
  • Play super sized scrabble
  • Try on simispecs
  • QEF mirror game
  • Pick up a White Ribbon and give your pledge
  • Wildflower seeds giveaway
  • Get hands on with lavender
  • Under 5 play area
  • Children's arts and crafts
  • Sutton Library of things demo
  • Clothes giveaway
  • Dress up photo station
  • Fruit kebab making

Local volunteering organisations who were involved:

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