The Volunteer Link Scheme (VLS) is a registered charity (no 1072538) established in 1994. We provide one-to-one volunteer befriending to people within the London Borough of Ealing who are housebound and socially isolated as a result of disability or long term illness. Most of our clients are elderly, with 86% being aged over 75 years, although we also help younger clients with disabilities it they are unable to access other services.
We recruit and train volunteers who make well over 2,500 visits to vulnerable people every year. The volunteer’s main role is to relieve isolation by making regular visits and providing social companionship. Volunteers can also help a housebound person to get out of the house if they wish, or spend time talking with them at home. Currently our 61 volunteers are visiting 73 clients every week.
In June 2016, the VLS was re-awarded the Approved Provider Standard (APS) which lasts for three years. APS is a national benchmark for organisations providing one-to-one, volunteer mentoring or befriending and is awarded by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.
Alec Atchison (Chair)
Olivier Uyttenhove (Treasurer)
Rachel Hill Director
Jill Shaw Befriending Coordinator
Maggie Faley Befriending Coordinator
Bridget Morris Volunteer Coordinator
Margaret Majumdar Admin Volunteer