Volunteer to help our Community
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer with the context of the church, but also within our linked social transformation charities and projects listed below. You can also find out how we are using our building to engage the local Fulham community here: Living Space Project
- be a 'FAMILY FRIEND' offering simple advice & providing practical support
- be a 'HOST HOME' providing a child with a bed for a night or two
- be a 'RESOURCE FRIEND' providing useful items or skills such as cooking/gardening
for local families who need our support?
Find out more here: www.safefamilies.uk/volunteer/
Crosslight Debt Advice
Crosslight Advice is an independent, community-focused charity working to alleviate poverty caused by problem debt and lack of financial capability. We are so excited that we will be hosting free fortnightly Crosslight sessions at St Dionis starting in July.
Our shared vision is to restore dignity and hope to those in need by reducing debt-poverty and improving financial capability through the provision of free face-to-face advice, money education, and ongoing support. Our heart is to meet people at their point of need and support them through to full restoration, however long that takes.
Could you volunteer to help? Take a look here or email Fiona for more information.
You do not need any prior experience, as we will provide all the training you need. Please sign up to the training & team evening on Monday 5 July, 7.15pm HERE.
The Money Course is a simple, effective, online budgeting and money education resource run by Crosslight Advice designed to equip you with tools to get on top of your finances.
Courses are regularly taking place. Find out more & sign up here
Local help with tasks in the community
The church continues to respond to requests to help local elderly, isolated and vulnerable people referred to us by the NHS during this Covid-19 Pandemic. So far, we have supported over 30 people in our local community, but to continue doing so, we need your help.
Are you able to:
- Make regular phone calls to check in with someone? This can be done from out of London.
- Run errands, like shopping, picking up prescriptions or other small tasks that mean that person can stay home and stay safe?
You can do this by being paired with an individual who you will support on a weekly basis, or by just volunteering a few hours/days here and there on an ad hoc basis. It's helpful if you have a car but not at all essential.
If you are able to help, drop Judith an email on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options and capacity!
Foodbank provide three days of comprehensive emergency food supplies to those who need it, and during recent months, they have been experiencing unprecedented demand for their services. The numbers of people who benefit from their food parcels has risen from an average of 250 people per week to over 200 people every day.
Having moved their operational base to the National Hall at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, they are now rehousing to the old PC World by Wandsworth Bridge. Please, if you can, donate your items to here.
Alternatively you can donate cash via their website
Unfortunately, the council provision of taxi drivers to deliver the food boxes has now stopped so Foodbank are trying to recruit volunteers to help them deliver the boxes. They need people who are available at some point during the week for 3 roles:
1. drive a hire van - here volunteers will be paired up with a volunteer passenger and deliver in 3 hour shifts to residents
2. volunteer passenger in van - as above
3. drive your own car: the shifts are 9am - 12pm or 1pm - 4pm
(you can sign up for just one shift a week or more).
Contact Sian (email@example.com / 020 7731 3693) if you can help out in this way.
Glass Door Outreach
Amidst the Covid-19 restrictions we were still able to partner with Glass Door Homeless Charity for the 2020-2021 season; providing hot dinners for our guests on a Wednesday/Thursday/Friday night here at St Dionis Church (sadly due to Covid restrictions our guests were unable to sleep the night).
Glass Door Dinner Service Impact:
"Each time Adam attends the dinner service now, he has a big smile on his face as he has a warm bed and access to a shower. He looks like a new man!"
Read Adam's story HERE
Despite a slow start to the dinner service, 10,309 meals were provided to at least 343 individuals across four London boroughs over 22 weeks. Eighty guests who attended the service connected with a Glass Door caseworker, with one in four securing accommodation as a result. Read more HERE.
The season has now finished, but we hope to partner with Glass Door again in November for the 2021-2022 season. Watch this space for more information on how to be involved.
Also...find out what items you can donate to Glass Door here: https://www.glassdoor.org.uk/things-we-need