How to get involved
The civil society sector - including community groups, social enterprises and charities - relies heavily on the generously given time and talents of many people.
If you are not already working or volunteering in Lewisham’s vibrant community sector, how can you get involved?
- Become a trustee
- Offer pro bono support
- Support Lewisham Local
- Volunteer at VAL
- Volunteer in Lewisham
- Become a Timebanker
- Something else!
Many of our member organisations, particularly the very small ones, struggle to recruit enough trustees - especially those with skills in areas such as finance, marketing or fundraising. If you’re not looking to be involved in direct service delivery, this is a way to make a real contribution to the work of the sector in Lewisham.
This video from Get on Board explains some of the benefits to be gained from becoming a charity trustee.
To find out about VAL member organisations who are actively seeking new trustees, go to our Trustee vacancies page or contact us for more information.
Small charities and community groups operate on a tight budget. When they need specialist services – legal advice, accountancy, website design – they are often unable to afford commercial fees. If you or your employer can offer pro bono support or discounts for our members, get in touch to discuss how we can work together. Please contact Sophie Millward on email@example.com in the first instance or complete our Get involved form.
If you run a retail business based in Lewisham you can show your support for Lewisham’s volunteers by offering discounts to Lewisham Local cardholders. Or you might want to offer gifts in kind for local charities or set up your own employee volunteering scheme. Contact Sam Hawksley, the Lewisham Local Lead for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
VAL is undergoing an exciting transformation as we reach a landmark 50 years of supporting social action and activism in the borough. You can contribute to that change by:
- Becoming a local representative - helping to shape the future of the civil society sector, local policy and its impact on the voluntary sector
- Helping out in the busy VAL office with administration
- Helping to ensure that our events run smoothly
Our Refuge-Resistance-Response project celebrating 50 years of grassroots community action in Lewisham is a great place to start your volunteering journey with us. Some of the available opportunities include:
- Oral history interviewers and recorders
- Digital Media Volunteers
- Events Assistants
Interested? Email email@example.com for the volunteer role descriptions of any available opportunities.
The sector also has many volunteer roles that are advertised on national and local networks as well as individual charity websites. Volunteers can perform a host of different functions in all kinds of charities and community groups from mentoring young people to fundraising for local community centres. To find out about local opportunities register with Volunteer Centre Lewisham.
If you are interested in sharing skills while also benefiting from others who do the same you might enjoy time banking. Watch this video to find out what time banking involves and for more information about time banking in Lewisham contact Rushey Green Time Bank.
If you have your own ideas of how you could support charities and community groups in Lewisham we’d love to hear from you. Please complete the Get involved form.