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Volunteer speed dating returns to Lambeth

The hugely popular volunteer speed dating is coming back so Lambeth residents can find out more about the wealth of volunteering opportunities there are in the south of the borough.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer in Lambeth no matter how much time they have can attend the free event held at the Woodlawns Centre, Leigham Court Road, Streatham, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday, November 24.

Organised by Lambeth Council and Streatham Action, the event will match volunteers with organisations and organisations with volunteers. It is aimed at both individuals interested in volunteering and local groups and organisations toward the south of the borough that would like to find new volunteers.

Following the public disturbances in August, many residents called the council to ask how they could help out. In response we created ‘volunteer speed dating’ as we were simply overwhelmed by the number of community spirited residents who were eager to get the borough back on its feet. The event is part of our innovative cooperative council approach to delivering council services in which we look at ways to empower residents to shape and deliver council services.

The groups which have so far signed-up to the event include: ‘Streatham Youth & Community Trust’, which provides youth services in Streatham and surrounding areas, ‘Transition Streatham’, which is a network of residents, businesses and community groups, Lambeth Council’s ‘Community Green Champions’, a programme which aims to recruit volunteers from across the borough who can help and inspire their neighbourhoods to be more environmentally sustainable, ‘Kids City’ a children’s charity based in London which provides childcare and out of school activities to children in Lambeth, Merton and Wandsworth, and ‘Friends of Streatham Green’, a newly established friends of parks group.

Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Communities, Councillor Rachel Heywood, said: “We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of community minded residents who are out there in Lambeth and we developed this innovative cooperative council event to capture the willingness of residents who want to ‘do their bit’ for the borough.”

She added: “This will be a wonderful opportunity for people to come together and promote the skills and services they are keen to share with the community and for organisations to find new ways of reaching out to people who are willing to lend a helping hand.”

For more information or to reserve your space at the event please contact office@streathamaction.org.uk

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