Blackfriars Settlement


What they do: 

Blackfriars Settlement is a community organisation based in north Southwark; set up by volunteers in 1887, its vision has always been to work with local people to make life better.  Blackfriars Settlement runs a wide range of activities for the local community, that support improved physical and mental wellbeing, providing opportunities for learning and development, and support people to achieve their aspirations. 

Positive Ageing offers a warm welcome to all who are 60+ but still young at heart, providing opportunities to meet and make friends with a busy timetable of activities including lunch clubs, social activities and trips, exercise and singing classes.  They also offer information, advice and support for Positive Ageing members. 

Their Mental Health & Wellbeing Service supports well-being by helping to build confidence, make connections and relationships, learn new skills and by providing peer support through face-to-face and online activities, including art sessions, group discussions, social groups and outings. 

How you can help 

  • One-off team volunteering
  • Regular/ongoing volunteering
  • Fundraising
  • Skills sharing
  • Resource sharing

Blackfriars Settlement was started by volunteers, and they remain an important part of the work they do.  Volunteers can help with the Positive Ageing and Mental Health & Wellbeing Service, and opportunities include helping in the kitchens to prepare and serve a meal to a group of older people; supporting outings; becoming a befriender to tackle social isolation; or use your IT knowledge to help people develop basic computer skills. 

Volunteering opportunities are available for individuals and corporate groups; and as one-off or regular commitments.  Other ways to support Blackfriars Settlement include fundraising or donating to support their work, or using their room hire and design services.