Rose and Marcella - Volunteering with Emmaus Lambeth
As well as taking on volunteers within our West Norwood community and shops in Wallington, Caterham and Carshalton, Emmaus Lambeth also provides volunteers to work at the kitchen for Lambeth Assessment Centre in Bond Way, Vauxhall.
The volunteers are there everyday providing hot meals for the homeless residents during their stay there, as they receive support and temporary accommodation.
On 19th August I went and joined Rose and Marcella, two volunteers who have been giving their time at weekends for over 3 years together now.
Rose, who is a worker for Merton council, has been volunteering with the LAC for around 2 years now and was looking for some volunteering which combined both work with the homeless and in a kitchen environment and after seeing an advert our kitchen supervisor Dan had placed on do-it.org, see an opportunity to combine the two in one place.
Rose explained to me that:
"Previously I had volunteered at a day centre for the elderly, so going into the LAC was good for me as I had experience of cooking for lots of people.
What I like the most about helping out here is every day is different, you always feel appreciated and everyone here is so nice"
I then spoke to Marcella, who has lived in England now for 9 years after completing a Masters international management at Sussex University and lives in Bromley.
Her previous job allowed her to do some different volunteering work and back home in Chicago she had volunteered at soup kitchens in her local area and with the Salvation Army, mainly tutoring their service users in certain subjects
Marcella told me:
"It's a great place to help out, I had done something similar back home in the states so I knew what to expect. Its always clean and tidy and there is always somebody to help out if It gets a bit too busy"
Many thanks to Rose and Marcella for all their hard work and taking time out to share their experience!
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