Tulse Hill has lots of opportunities for people to volunteer in the area. These opportunities may be helping one activity to take place over the summer, or can be a longer term commitment.
Plenty of famous people have commented on the benefits of volunteering
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
Booker T. Washington
Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit.
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Some of the places that need volunteers locally are out lined below; for other opportunities look on the web sites at the end of the article.
High Trees Community Development Trust www.high-trees.org
High Trees was established in 1998 and provides a range of services to local people including employment advice, skills and personal development courses, as well as children and youth activities.
The organisation uses a variety of volunteers and Director Margaret Jarrett says volunteering:
“Helps the Centre to increase its capacity to deliver much needed services to the area, whilst giving opportunities to local people to build confidence and develop their skills”
High Trees services that need volunteers include the:
The Urban Art Festival 2013
“The art fair provides affordable exhibition space for artists, a positive community event for residents and fund raising opportunities for local good causes”
The purpose of volunteering is to make sure the Urban Art runs smoothly as a fantastic community art event. Basic training is given including a written briefing. It's a one off opportunity for a minimum of two hours on Saturday 13 July, in leafy nearby Josephine Avenue
Jacqueline "I've been at the information desk for slots over the last three years and love it. I always have a really nice time and meet lots of great people. Can't recommend it enough!"
Penny “What a great day! Had fun at both the information desk and at the road barrier. Found all tasks very straightforward and well explained and also got to talk to some really interesting people."
Brockwell Park Community Partners
There are a number of opportunities to volunteer in Brockwell Park: biodiversity projects, tree planting, community digs, horticulture, annual fundraising walks, dog shows, cake baking and arts and events (MAD for Brockwell Park) are just some of the ways to get involved.
There is no specific training required to volunteer in Brockwell Park. Volunteering opportunities range from once a year (e.g. Five Parks Walk, Brockwell Dog Show, tree planting), to monthly (e.g. Dig the Park, cake baking, MAD for Brockwell Park) or more regular (biodiversity, horticulture).
The commitment required will depend on the activity. “In most cases, the more the merrier.”
“outlining which of the opportunities above you are interested in, plus contact details, and we will arrange for the relevant park group or activity to contact you”
Lambeth Poly, Lambeth’s only farm it is on the Tulse Hill Estate, since last July residents have grown salad leaves for sale to a local restaurant and a veg box scheme.
The Poly won Capital Growth’s Growing for Gold capital-wide Enterprise Award. Now the project is scaling up and becoming a social enterprise there are opportunities to volunteer growing things as well as marketing and administrative opportunities. The project is also looking for trainees to gain a level 2 qualification in growing food.
Visit the tunnel on Thursdays when there are volunteers there, the tunnel is opposite the adventure playground on Tusle Hill estate.
Tulse Hill Forum
The Forum needs volunteers to help at events on a “one off” basis and to become members of the Forum. Forum members attend 3 to 4 public meetings a year and may be asked to comment on policy documents from time to time.
To find out more and offer your services please contact The Forum at:
Other volunteering opportunities:
Lambeth Co-operative Council web site:
Lambeth Volunteer centre
Nationally at the do - it volunteering data base:
About Tulse Hill Forum
Tulse Hill Forum is an independent voluntary group.
Our aim is to provide a place where local people can get involved in making decisions that affect the Tulse Hill area.
It started as an idea at the 2010 Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park, and we started meeting as a group in May 2011 and have continued meeting monthly since then.
We have a small amount of funding from Lambeth Council and the Tulse Hill Forum is also part of the Lambeth Forum Network – an organization which provides the opportunity to share information and resources across the borough.
Groups who are involved in the Tulse Hill Forum include:
We have been discussing:
Events we have held for the local community include: