Community Support Social Action Directory

Below is the information of organisations working in the area of Community Support:

BEfriend, London

BEfriend provide one-to-one volunteer befriending to people within the London Borough of Ealing who are socially isolated because of physical, sensory, cognitive or psychological impairment. BEfriend encourages their beneficiaries to go out when possible, as a change of scenery can make a big difference, and volunteers can support them in doing this. The visits are purely social and volunteers don’t do shopping, any form of personal care, DIY, gardening or cleaning. To find out more, visit their website.

Hestia, London

Hestia deliver services to people who are at the moment of crisis across the Greater London area. They likewise run campaigns and advocate at a national level on the issues that affect their beneficiaries, who include the victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people. Hestia are supported by nearly 950 volunteers across London who provide specialist skills such as art therapy, yoga, IT, gardening and cooking, as well as befriending and fundraising. To find out more, visit their website.

In-Deep Community, London

In-Deep Community Task Force is a charity that works predominately with elderly people in the South of Westminster and Lambeth, London. Their aim is to combat loneliness by offering a range of activities and services to people living in the area, many of whom have no family, have family that live far away, or are living on low incomes. In-Deep are always looking for new volunteers for their lunch club and monthly community dinners, their children’s music therapy session, and with fundraising and administration. They believe that bringing the young, elderly and people from different backgrounds together can be of enormous benefit to the community. To find out more, visit their website.

Brighton and Hove Food Partnership

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is a non-profit organisation helping people learn to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow their own food and waste less food. Their aim is to connect and inspire individuals, community groups and organisations, and their work is based on the belief that food is more than just fuel; it brings people together and changes lives. The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership provide plenty of ways to get involved in their wider work, from attending a course or event, to highlighting food related volunteering opportunities across the local area. To find out more, visit their website.

Shieldfield Art Works, Newcastle upon Tyne

Shieldfield Art Works (or ‘SAW’) is an arts organisation and operates on the intersection of contemporary art, theological reflection and community activism. As both an arts space and a project of the Methodist Church, they are committed to understanding how these three spheres can speak, interact and learn from each other. SAW believes art and creativity are integral parts of human life, and with art’s unique ability to articulate, question and enquire, we can enact positive change in our communities and the world. Shieldfield Art Work’s broad programme includes developing high quality art exhibitions, events, workshops, conferences and publications. Although they support all forms of art making and development, Socially Engaged Art is integral to their practice as an organisation, and is often used to discuss, question and give voice to local and global issues. They have a longstanding commitment to the community of Shieldfield, an area which has undergone rapid urban development. They also support emerging artists by providing opportunities for development, curatorial support and exhibition opportunities. SAW works with people of all faiths and none – artists, schools, universities, community members, charities, churches, community groups, artistic collectives and other partners, and gladly welcome people of all backgrounds to participate in their programme. To contact SAW directly to discuss opportunities to be involved click here, or to find out more about events you could get involved in visit their event pages here.

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