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Blackfriars Settlement says ‘thank you’ to volunteers

London SE1 website team

Blackfriars Settlement has taken its hard-working volunteers for a trip on the London Eye to celebrate National Volunteers Week.

Simon Hughes MP presented certificates to more than 25 volunteers during the flight on the London Eye.

The trip – which was arranged via the Waterloo Arts & Events Network – was followed by a picnic cooked by Florence Blackwood who has been volunteering with the Settlement for more than three years.

Blackfriars Settlement, a local community care organisation, is celebrating 120 years providing a range of services in Southwark and Lambeth.

It was established by women Oxbridge graduates; one of the first wardens' being Helen Gladstone, daughter of the then prime minister.

Currently the organisation provides services in basic education and IT, youth and play, mental health and older people.

Blackfriars Settlement has more than 20 volunteers who visit isolated people in their homes as well as help prepare meals in three clubs.

Other volunteers support students' learning, run art sessions at the mental health workplace, provide activities for children and young people and staff the reception desk.

"The amount of time and commitment our volunteers give is greatly appreciated by the Settlement," says Sophia Appleby, the volunteer co-ordinator for older people.

"Each volunteer has made an enormous difference especially to the life of a lonely vulnerable older person. They themselves learn new skills, make friends and further career options."

To find out about volunteering opportunities contact the Settlement on 020 7928 9521.

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