We were delighted to award Spires the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award at the LSE Volunteers celebratory event last Tuesday (May 13th). Spires have shown a continued commitment to supporting LSE students in making a difference in their communities and was also a partner of LSE SU RAG this year. We spoke to Rebecca Sunter, Volunteer Coordinator, about how the charity felt about winning.
The staff and volunteer team at Spires are so proud to have won the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award for 2014. Volunteers really are the lifeblood of our organisation and without them we wouldn’t be able to provide immediate and long-term support for homeless and vulnerable people in South London.
We have been ever so fortunate this year to develop a strong link with the LSE – both through RAG who have fundraised a huge amount of money for Spires & through the Volunteer Centre advertising our opportunities. We are a small charity who relies on the support of volunteers and fundraisers so we cannot thank LSE students enough for all your support this year!
Volunteers are involved in every aspect of Spires – from our front line day centre services (Rough Sleeper space & Women’s Space), to our outreach programme which engages with street based sex workers, to conducting research in our offices.
Thank you particularly to the following excellent LSE volunteers who have shown dedication & commitment to Spires this year:
- Frances Bennett for making ‘The Pavement Perspective’, a documentary film about rough sleeping in London & involving 2 of our rough sleepers in the voluntary project
- Bonnie Chiu, Founder of voluntary organisation Lensational who ran 2 free photography workshops for our female service users
- Ellie Johnston for volunteering in Thursday Rough Sleeper Space & Spires Art class
- Aelfric Lin & Brian Sztukowski for volunteering in our offices – conducting research and updating our client database
- And last but not least a huge thank you to Nona Buckley-Irvine for inspiring the LSE RAG team to fundraise approx. £20,000 for Spires!