Link Age Southwark's volunteer coordinator explains why she loves working for a small charity

I love working for a small charity as it is all about bringing the community together in a friendly way. During the pandemic the community of Southwark have really pulled together, with existing volunteers offering to do more and new volunteer application forms coming in from people wanting to support those in the local area. Our volunteers have delivered homemade cakes, books and food shopping to the doors of older people – what an amazing example of community spirit.
As a volunteer coordinator I have been meeting with new volunteers over video calls. When I ask each volunteer what appeals to them about volunteering with Link Age Southwark, the common response has been ‘I’m concerned for the older people in my community at this time’. The pandemic has really made people stop and think about their local community. Being part of a community is wonderful feeling, it makes you feel like you belong, it provides security and in this current climate it gives you hope for the future.
We mustn’t forget that while the lockdown guidelines are easing for many of us there are still those who are unable to reintegrate back into the community just yet. That is why we still need the support of our patrons, donors and volunteers so we can continue to support our older friends and make sure they feel part of the Link Age Southwark community.