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Small Steps

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Small Steps

Small Steps

Volunteer Centre Lewisham By Volunteer Centre Lewisham

Supporting people with mental health and/or learning difficulties into volunteering. Improving their independence, confidence and reducing isolation.

Lewisham Idea stage

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Evidence has shown that volunteering is an effective way for people who experience mental health difficulties to increase their community participation, increase confidence, reduce social isolation, and create a greater sense of self worth.

People participating in Small Steps will discover new skills, use skills that they already have, music, writing, gardening etc. resulting in a fuller more rounded experience of being a resident of an exciting borough like Lewisham.

Small Steps will provide direct one to one support to individuals who experience mental health difficulties or learning difficulties. This may be in the form of simply helping someone to find suitable volunteering opportunities, or complete registration forms, or attend interviews.

The project requires a support worker to make contact with local support groups and recruit volunteers who can mentor those people who need a greater level of input, such as attending the first few days of volunteering.

What we'll deliver:

  • Participants will experience reduced isolation
  • Participants will identify as having improved sense of self esteem ad confidence
  • Support 15 Lewisham residents who have learning difficulties into volunteering
  • Support 20 Lewisham residents who experience mental health difficulties into volunteering

Why it's a great idea:

The world is a challenging place, fast paced and less social. For people who lack confidence and self esteem or do not have the tools to engage in social activities, isolation becomes an ever increasing problem.

Volunteering gives people the chance to engage with others who have similar interests. They will be able to get involved with activities that improve their confidence, and provide them with some of the tools that increase social engagement and quality of life.

Volunteering has proven to reduce reliance on NHS services, both in hospital and the community.

Volunteers with mental health and/or learning difficulties bring a greater understanding of the needs of part of the community, and bring great skills and experience with them, benefiting organisations and other members of the community.

Steps to get it done:

  • Assistance with application forms and interviews
  • Providing a tailor made support programme for individuals
  • Providing support to contact organistions
  • Supporting people to find the right volunteering opportunities for them



Location Lewisham

About the space

Lewisham is in South East London


London Borough of Lewisham

How will the money be spent?Total £32,612

Staffing - £20,000 (61%)
Project Costs inc Volunteer Expenses - £4,200 (13%)
Office costs - £4,000 (12%)
Spacehive fees - £969 (3%)
Marketing - £300 (1%)
Other - £3,143 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Project Costs inc Volunteer Expenses
Office costs
Spacehive fees
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £32,612

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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