F&C Volunteers

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

4.81 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 volunteer reviews)

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

Up to 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.

16 reviews for F&C Volunteers

  1. 5 out of 5

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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”.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Great charity to work for to help make some food and spend some time for the elderly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Really glad we helped for the day in the local community near to our current project

  8. 5 out of 5

    It was so good

  9. 5 out of 5

    My colleague and I spent the day at Vibast Community Center setting up, preparing and serving lunch to the elderly. The group was small, about 12 elderly people and sadly we heard that one of the lunch club members had sadly passed away only days before. However, the experience was fab, we got to talk to some pretty awesome old people, some grumpy, some full of beans, some very quiet; but all with fabulous stories about their lives. This was the most rewarding part of the day….spending just 5 or 10 minutes with them to ask about their life experiences and being amazed at the stories and memories they shared. One saucy lady in particular told me about being a flamenco dancer back in her day and the eyebrow raising things she’d seen!! Great fun

    The full permanent volunteers are such a credit to the charity and you can see they genuinely care, ensuring the elderly members get great food and are entertained with raffles and a very competitive game of bingo…(I got ‘shushed’ quite a few times for being too loud during the game!!)

    Thank you for having us and we’ll definitely be back again!

  10. 5 out of 5

    We volunteered at the lunch club and it was an amazing experience. Everyone was really friendly and we couldn’t have been made more welcome. Would do it again

  11. 4 out of 5

    A great opportunity to support a venture that adds real-value to the lives of older people in the Finsbury & Clerkenwell area. As a side note, perhaps volunteers could help to raise awareness of the service/help to engage new members; as some of the existing members attending lunch were concerned that their overall numbers are declining.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Had a fantastic day and met some lovely guests who had stories to tell.
    Would recommend this day to people who are new to volunteering and looking for a fun way to start!

  13. 5 out of 5

    F&C Volunteers at the community centre make a real difference to the elderly in the community – and I thoroughly enjoyed my day – would do this again in a heart beat!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Very enjoyable. I think name badges should be provided for staff.

  15. 4 out of 5

    I was welcomed very warmly and put straight to work! It was run very well and I was really impressed by all the volunteers on the day. A lady came in from Lloyds Bank and was volunteering during her lunch break – I wonder if you know about any of these schemes in Victoria?

  16. 5 out of 5

    We had a fantastic day with the F&C volunteers and the elderly who came along for lunch and bingo – we got straight to work with Paul and got the hall set up with tables and chairs, and then we helped Mandy with the food prep for dinner. Then the bus arrived with the lunch club and we greeted everyone as they arrived and made some teas/coffees. It was great spending time listening to their stories and the laughter from all the witty comments and tales.
    The volunteers highlighted areas that they struggle with in terms of funding, volunteers and reducing numbers attending on a weekly basis – they are 100% reliant on the support and donations that they receive and we walked away thinking of how we could make a difference long term….

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