About Us

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.

Who’s who

Management Committee

Alec Atchison (Chair)
Olivier Uyttenhove (Treasurer)
Johanna Clarie
Gabby Kloss
Julia Macrae

Winsome Gillette-Fussell



Rachel Hill                               Director 






Jill Shaw                                    Befriending Coordinator

Maggie Faley                            Befriending Coordinator




Bridget Morris                         Volunteer Coordinator 

Margaret Majumdar               Admin Volunteer