Local people have turned out in force for Lambeth Council’s ‘Volunteering Speed Dating’ event that was organised in the wake of the London disturbances.
The council arranged the evening to capture the willingness of people to get involved in their community after many residents contacted the council to ask how they could help out in the days following the looting and violence.
Hundreds of people, many who heard about the event through social media like Twitter, turned up to the Town Hall to learn more about volunteering opportunities from community organisations and groups that need support, get advice on how their skills could be used in Lambeth, and meet other volunteers to share ideas as to how they can improve the borough.
Cllr Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “There is so much goodwill at the moment from people that want to do something to help their community. Last night was really inspiring and showed how strong our community is, but more importantly it will help develop the volunteering network in Lambeth by putting like minded people in touch with one another.
“We want to keep up the positive momentum that arose out of the ashes of the London disturbances and what we have from last night will help us in so many ways across the borough for the long term. This is exactly the sort of energy, enthusiasm and in-depth understanding of local communities upon which we will build our Cooperative borough.”
More than 100 people registered their details with the council offering to volunteer in the future, and many more used the opportunity to find out how they could contribute or use their skills.
It also gave staff from the council and our partners a unique opportunity to hear first hand from residents and learn more about how they would like to get involved. The council will now ensure that the many offers to help are used to benefit local community project and work to develop volunteering support networking so that we maximise the contributions from the community.