Volunteer Centre Celebrates 50 Years of Voluntary Service
Volunteer Centre Croydon (VCC), based in the Centrale shopping centre, on the 27th September Volunteers, Staff, Trustees and supporters came together to celebrating its first 50 years – and to taking a big bite out of their specially prepared birthday cake, in the Team Croydon Shop in Centrale shopping Centre where they have been based for the last five years.
VCC has been at the backbone of volunteering in Croydon since 1968, picking up awards and national recognition along the way. Last year they were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the support the team gives to both volunteers and to the charities in Croydon that provide such great volunteer placements.
In just five years at their Centrale location, VCC has created an estimated £2.5 million worth of volunteering for voluntary and community organisations in Croydon, with around 1,000’s of the borough’s residents engaged in the past year.
This year they launched the Connect Well Croydon platform which connects Croydon residents to the vast range of local services and activities in the borough – from the counselling, employment support and family services delivered by Croydon charities to the knitting, dog-walking and peer-support groups operating informally in neighbourhoods across the borough.
Karen Chillman, Head of Volunteering at Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) said: “I am so proud that we are celebrating our 50th birthday. Our small staff team is supported by nearly 100 volunteers who work so hard to promote and develop volunteering in Croydon”. Karen added that “if anyone would like to volunteer, I would be delighted to invite them in for a chat. I can be contacted on 0208 253 7070 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Sue Dzendzera, Chair of CVA, said: “It is my privilege to help the Volunteer Centre support Croydon’s charities and individuals. I would encourage everyone to join us in celebrating our first 50 years by pledging to volunteer to do something positive in your community”. Councillor Hamida Ali added: “I am continually humbled by the scale and impact of volunteering in Croydon, the level of commitment that people have, and their desire to improve the lives of people around them”.
David Oldman, General Manager Centrale Croydon “We’ve loved supporting such a fantastic organisation who has brought so much vibrancy, energy and helped make such a difference to our community for the past 5 years.”