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Celebrating our connections with the local community

Find out what's happening in Bankside during Volunteers' Week
Rachel Nicholson
Corporate Responsibility Manager

NCVO’s Volunteers’ Week takes place from 1-7 June every year, to recognise the contribution that volunteers make to our communities every day.  It’s an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity and for charities and community groups to thank their volunteers for their support. It’s also a great opportunity to find out how you can get involved in your local area.

Better Bankside’s corporate responsibility programme offers a range of different volunteering activities throughout the year, as well as helping our member businesses to connect with local community organisations.

Here’s a round up of volunteering opportunities and Volunteers’ Week events in Bankside.

If you’d like to get involved with any of these activities or events, or find out about other local volunteering opportunities, please contact Rachel Nicholson, CR Manager at Better Bankside: rn [at] (subject: Volunteers%20Week%20activities)

Lunchtime gardening on Wednesday 5 June – join us for a ‘sunflower surgery’

Earlier this spring, we challenged Bankside businesses to try growing sunflowers that we’ll plant out at various sites across the area. Bring your sunflower seedlings along to this drop in session with our Urban Gardener for top tips and advice on how to look after them so that they are ready for planting out in a few weeks.

Southwark Cathedral Volunteers Fair – 2pm-4pm on Wednesday 5 June

Come along to this event to find out about volunteering at Southwark Cathedral.  There are many different opportunities to volunteer at the cathedral, including welcoming visitors, helping in the shop, being a guide or helping out in the office.

Community Connections education and employability event – Thursday 6 June

Would your business like to help local young people learn about the world of work and the myriad of career opportunities in Bankside? Come along to this breakfast networking event at the Bankside Community Space on Thursday 6 June from 8.30am-10am to meet local schools, community organisations and brokers that are looking for volunteers to get involved in their work. It’s also a chance to find out more about the Bankside Skills Academy, a unique work insight programme for 16-21 year olds.

The Great Get Together Bankside – help out at this local festival on Sunday 23 June

On Sunday 23 June, Bankside Open Spaces Trust is hosting The Great Get Together Bankside, a fantastic free all-day street party and part of a nationwide event inspired by Jo Cox.  BOST are looking for keen, friendly individuals to be Festival Volunteers, working various shifts from 8am to 10pm.  Duties include welcoming visitors, providing information and assistance, helping the security team to keep everyone sage or helping the production team with the set up or take down. It’s an opportunity to be part of this vibrant, enjoyable local celebration.

St George-the-Martyr's Borough Free Fridge – volunteers needed

St George-the-Martyr Church on Borough High Street will shortly launch the Borough Free Fridge, adding fresh produce to its foodbank service and increasing the range of donations it can take from local supermarkets, restaurants and individuals.  Volunteers are needed to help with the fridge on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, on either a regular or occasional basis. You’ll be helping to log donations, label food, keep the fridge and area clean, collect food donations and assist people using the foodbank service.

Contemporary Applied Arts Community Outreach exhibition – Wednesday 5 June to Saturday 15 June

Over the past three years, Better Bankside has funded community outreach projects that bring CAA’s member makers together with local community groups to share their crafting techniques through fun, engaging workshops. Visit this exhibition which showcases the extraordinary result of the most recent workshops delivered with local elderly groups and a secondary school.

Created May 30 2019