It’s Volunteers' Week!
Volunteers Week recognises the contribution of 22 million people who volunteer in their communities across the UK.
This year’s theme is ‘you make the difference’.
During 1–7 June 2017, we not only want to thank our volunteers but invite you to share your stories on how volunteers have made a difference.
We know that in 2016, our volunteers programme supported 1,112 volunteers across a range of activities and providing vital services like:
- helping people to get online
- improving literacy skills
- befriending older people
- providing advice about housing and social services
- supporting young people to live healthier and happier lives
Thamesmead pop in parlour volunteers
|We’d like to thank all our volunteers for their time and the contributions they make to changing the lives of our residents.|
Claudette Lawrence, a volunteer at the Positive Steps Thamesmead Project which aims to tackle poor health, inequality and stress, said:
“At the moment I am volunteering on the Positive Steps Thamesmead project with Peabody, assisting local residents to address and find solutions to issues that may be preventing them from leading a healthy and happy lifestyle.
The barriers for me have been my health and at times it has been extremely difficult, everybody has been great and they’ve made reasonable adjustments so that I can continue to take part. Volunteering is very therapeutic as it gets me out the house and gives me a sense of purpose, as when you are ill you become very isolated.
I think volunteering is brilliant! I would definitely recommend volunteering as you get to meet new people and interact with others. At the same time you are helping others and often it can lead to paid work too.”
Steve Howlett, Chief Executive at Peabody said:
“We want to thank all our volunteers for their time and commitment. Peabody has always relied on the contribution of volunteers to help strengthen the communities we work with. We know that our achievements would not be possible without volunteers”.