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F&C Volunteers

Prepare, serve and socialise at the lunch club for older people in Old Street

5 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 volunteer reviews)

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Mon, Thu (09:30 - 15:00)

4 Volunteers needed


"The part I enjoyed the most was their sense of humour. It really was sharp and on tap all day," Natalie Wallis

Who will I help?

How many days has it been since you last had a visitor or saw a friend?

For many local residents using Finsbury and Clerkenwell Volunteers, the friendly staff and volunteers can be the first person they’ve seen for days.

Serving older and disabled people, many of them lonely and isolated, the charity provides home visits, telephone calls and assisted shopping trips for those who are housebound, as well as a Lunch Club for its more able-bodied clients.

How will I help?

Volunteer at the Vibast Community Centre and serve lunch with a smile!

You may find yourself helping out with:

• Tidy and set the room for lunch
• Prepare food and serve members
• Participate in conversation and activities with attendees

As important as cooking the food is spending time with the guests! Your kindness and patience is all that’s required to make a difference to the clients that rely on F&C for friendship and support.

What do others say?5

  1. 5 out of 5

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    The charity provides a valuable service to elderly people in the community by providing them with an opportunity to socialise with other people for two days a week. Lunch is provided followed by bingo. The organisers were very friendly and appreciative of the volunteers.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    I volunteered at a lunch club for pensioners who are isolated as they have no family or their families live far away. Some have disabilities which means they need extra help getting around. I helped prepare and serve lunch, which they insisted I had a large helping of, including a lemon drizzle cake. I then sat and chatted with them whilst various entertainment was put on, such as Bingo!
    The part I enjoyed the most was their sense of humour. It really was sharp and on tap all day. The moment I got there one lady asked if I watched WWE Wrestling, which despite not liking it much years ago, I have since secretly watched and giggled at many times, so we sat chopping up potatoes and discussing Monday Night Nitro and the Diamond Cutter, (a classic move by Diamond Dallas Page if you’re interested), so I knew straight away I was going to have a great day.
    I did manage to get one or two of the “Old Boys” Johnny Boy and Stanley in trouble, as Johnny was deaf and so as I raised my voice to chat, I was reminded of the seriousness of the important competition at hand…namely Bingo. We were told by one “Gal” to, “Shut up as she was nearing House”, (which was probably fair enough as Johnny had broken in to song by that time, he actually had a good voice). As it turned out someone else got House……three times in a row, to which there were a few light hearted moans and groans.
    I then helped wash and clear up, whilst getting a helping of Lemon Drizzle Cake and Custard, which I helped make….well I grated the lemon and used a new lemon squeezing gadget the cook had brought just for the cake today!
    All in all the day was both satisfying and fun. Everyone mucked in and when you see that many of their long term helpers are pensioners themselves or people that travel, for example, from Cambridge just to pick everyone up and drop them off for their lunch and drive them back, it motivates you to get stuck in.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    I really enjoyed the day and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to give something back, even if it is in the form of giving some time to prepare food, or wash up. It was a privilege to chat with the lunch club members, all of whom have fascinating stories to tell, mainly about their lives growing up in London, which I love hearing about. They have great spirit and are all so determined to get out and about, which is fantastic, even on a cold day like yesterday was.

    I will certainly be doing more volunteering going forward and have told a number of my colleagues who haven’t volunteered before, what a wonderful experience it was.

  4. 5 out of 5

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    It was a lovely experience to spend time with the elderly in the community. I helped with the setting up of the tables, food preparation, shopping, tidying and cleaning up. The lunch was great too…

  5. 5 out of 5

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    I had a great experience, very humbling.
    All the Volunteers are a great bunch of people, give up their time to help the elderly, the clients where great characters.
    I ensured I sat with them all, tried to get to know them a bit and asked why they came to the charity, their stories where all different and at times sad.
    Even if I put a smile on one face and helped someone it was a worth while experience. I was given a form to fill, in as I would be interested in joining the charity as a volunteer, work and my spare time permitting. Please can you pass the message on “Thank you for making me feel welcomed and being involved in a worth while charity”.

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