The Dulwich Helpline provides volunteer services to isolated older people in an around Dulwich. We run four main projects, all of which are delivered by volunteers.
Neighbourhood Care: practical help, e.g. transport to appointments, gardening, odd jobs.
Home Link: informal group activities, including craft, reminiscence and hydrotherapy.
Side by Side: long-term support through one-to-one visits, telephone befriending and befriending groups.
Alone in Hospital: visits to people during hospital stays and after discharge.
Helped by 150 local volunteers, Dulwich Helpline provides these services to over 300 older people. Our contribution was recognised through the Southwark Community Services Group of the Year Award for 2003.
Like many voluntary organisations, our future funding is increasingly uncertain. We can no longer rely solely on funding from statutory bodies and grant-making trusts. If we want to continue our work and expand our services for the growing population of older people, we must explore new methods of fund-raising. We want to recruit a volunteer fundraiser, who can spend a day or two a week, possibly working from home, to help organise local fundraising activities. Previous experience is not essential although an administration background would help. We cannot afford a salary but we will pay expenses.
If you think you can help please call Ted Salmon on 020 8693 7546 for more information.
You may remember that, many years ago, there used to be Cubs and Scouts in Dulwich Village and they amalgamated with the Group at St. Stephen's. Unfortunately, the Leaders of the Scouts, Beavers and Cubs all moved away and the Beavers and the Scouts were forced to close. It is only due to the kindness of a Leader in another Group that the Cubs are able to continue.