We are dependent on our wonderful team of volunteers. From time to time we have volunteering opportunities in all areas of the Community Centre, from serving morning breakfast to helping sort clothes, volunteering with the foodbank, or helping in our garden.
Pictured above: Jean-Claude helping out in our garden.
Dave – Sabre Travel Network
‘’I first visited in 2013 when the company I work for got involved as part of its annual Give Together campaign. I was inspired about the wonderful place which has been created for homeless people to visit and make them feel part of the community. I was amazed at the generosity of local retailers donating daily to ensure that food was not wasted and went to a great cause.
It gave me much pleasure to serve breakfast on a Wednesday morning, chat to the people visiting, and know that some of the clothes I have donated are going to great use; in fact I think they look better on the recipient than me!!
I will certainly look forward to my next visit and see once again the brilliant work that the whole volunteer team put into this truly amazing place.”
Pictured above & below: Volunteers from The Goodgym & NCS The Challenge
Duke of Edinburgh Involvement:
The Vineyard Community Centre benefits greatly from the volunteer services of students undertaking the requirements of the Volunteering aspect of the DofE. Our students are generally between the ages of 15-18 and undertake a variety of tasks at the centre, such as working in the cafe during the afternoon when it is open to the public (we follow the guidelines that no student under 16 can interact with our guests and so students do not volunteer during our drop-in hours); working in the charity shop; organising donations so that we can distribute them efficiently during morning drop-ins; helping with the food bank; and general tidying and support of the premises.
Our aim at the Vineyard is to provide our DofE student volunteers with an understanding and awareness of homelessness throughout the borough, the extent and complexity of the situation, and the efforts made to address and improve the lives of the most vulnerable people in the Richmond community.
For all enquiries regarding the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Vineyard Community Centre please contact Missy Nymeth at firstname.lastname@example.org