From family support, fitness classes and learning to art exhibitions, festivals and talks, our activities are wide and far reaching.
On 26 April, the London School of Economics (LSE) Volunteer Centre and LSESU RAG Society hosted their annual awards ceremony to celebrate volunteering and fundraising at LSE.
We were nominated by one of our student volunteers Rinako for LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year and were up against amazing organisations including Reach Out and Wonder Foundation.
The criteria for the award took into account how the organisation engaged with the LSE Volunteer Centre, feedback from student volunteers, management of volunteers and participation with the LSE Volunteer Centre’s events.
Rinako, who has been volunteering with us since October, is ecstatic with the result, telling us:
“I nominated Coin Street because it has made a big impact in my life. It enabled me to meet the wonderful local people here and learn about their culture. It has also given me many opportunities to enhance my skills and learn about community building. Most of all, Coin Street has become a family to me, both the staff and participants.”
We are delighted to have been given the LSE Voluntary Organisation of the Year award. We believe it’s not only our staff but our volunteers who deserve the recognition.
Over the past year, we’ve worked with 7 student volunteers from LSE who have helped make our dreams a reality. Without their hard work and positive personalities, we wouldn’t be able to deliver such high-quality community programmes and events.
As well as our ongoing community activities including gentle gardening and family fitness and fun sessions, our volunteers provide much needed support at our community events including our Young at Heart seniors party and Community Days.
Our Head of Youth and Community Programmes, Natalie Bell, is extremely pleased with this award stating, “I started at Coin Street as a volunteer myself so I’m really happy with what the organisation does and all the work our LSE Volunteers do with us.”
“A special thanks must be mentioned to Laura Reynolds – an alumni from LSE and our Community Programmes Manager – who goes above and beyond to look after the volunteers and organise their sessions.”
On Monday 7 May 2018, we are hosting our own volunteer celebration evening to celebrate the commitment and effort of all our volunteers across our community programmes.