Volunteer Newsletter

May 2019

Volunteer News

We have lots to share in this edition of the newsletter, so please take your time to read through and let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Many thanks, as always, to those of you who have helped us out with events and collection days over the past month. We have several more events coming up, including our big Summer Art Fair and party at Trumpeter's House in June, so please check the dates and details below and let us know if you are able to help. 

It's time for another Volunteer Social! Volunteers' Week runs 1st- 7th June this year and we thought it would be nice to arrange an event during this week. The date we have chosen is Thursday, 6th June 6-8pm and the venue is Penny Wade House in Richmond. Please see further details below. I appreciate that this is short notice, but I really hope that you can make it, even if only briefly!

Finally, it is with a bit of a heavy heart that I need to let you know that I will be leaving SPEAR in early June. I will have been with the organisation almost 5 years and during that time I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know so many of you and I have never failed to be inspired by your commitment to supporting the work that we do in a huge variety of ways. A replacement will be recruited in due course and you will be kept informed of that, but for those of you actively volunteering with us, please don't hesitate to contact your line managers or our resources team, should you need anything in the meantime. I hope to have an opportunity to say goodbye in person to some of you either at the Volunteer Social or during the course of the next couple of weeks. I hope our paths will cross again in the future and very much look forward to that.

Thank you!

Julie Sherman
Volunteer Coordinator

Thursday, 6th June 2019
until 8pm
Penny Wade House
(SPEAR Hostel)

24 Kew Road
Richmond TW9 2NA

Light refreshments will be served
All volunteers - past, present and future are welcome
Please RSVP to let us know you are coming

Catherine Comerford 1,000 hours Volunteering Award!

Catherine is one of our longest-serving volunteers. Since starting with SPEAR in 2012, Catherine has undertaken various volunteer roles, but for the past 4 years she has been a loyal volunteer receptionist at Penny Wade House. We were therefore delighted for Penny Wade staff and residents to join Stuart, SPEAR's Chief Executive, in presenting a 1,000 hours volunteering certificate to Catherine earlier this month. Well done Catherine and thank you!

Student placements at SPEAR


SPEAR are always delighted when we can take an active role in inspiring young people to get involved in our charity through volunteering. We have hosted multiple St Mary's University students on placements at SPEAR, mostly in the Fundraising Team, but one student last year volunteered with our Fresh Start Team and we are hoping to have a Masters student work with our Homeless Health Link Service over the summer. In addition, SPEAR recently hosted 2 A-level students from Orleans Park School on a 1 week placement, (you can read the students' reviews of their placements on our website here and here) and we will shortly have another student from Richmond Academy School. 

We were delighted to recently receive an award from St Mary's University for 'Outstanding Placement Provider' in recognition of our openness and flexibility in working with their students and of the level of support we offer to them. You can read more about the award and the fantastic review from St Mary's here.

Volunteers Needed  

Richmond Station Collection Day - Tuesday, 4th June
If you are free to 'shake' a bucket for an hour or two during the morning or evening rush hour, then please let Bruce know.

Kingston Outreach.....
We are looking for one or two additional volunteers to assist with our Kingston outreach shifts. You would only be required to offer one shift per month, with an option to do some additional leave or emergency cover. Please let us know if this is something you would be interested in.

Beszél magyarul?  
Our Outreach/Navigator Team need some help with translation/interpreting for a Hungarian client. initially this would be for a one-off session, but there could be the opportunity of providing some more regular support. The meeting could take place in either Wandsworth or Twickenham. Please let us know if you are able to help .

We also still need volunteers to help with our Summer Art Fair and Garden Party on Sunday, 23rd June (details below). There will be all manner of roles needed and if you are able to volunteer for an hour or two or the whole day, we will be able to make good use you! Please contact if you can help.
There are lots of other ways to support this event too - please see the details below!

SPEAR Art Fair and Garden Party - Sunday, 23rd June 11.30am - 5pm Trumpeters House, Richmond

As mentioned in the last newsletter and with full details on the website there are lots of ways to support this event:
  • Do you know of local artists who would like to donate art, please do get in touch
  • Perhaps you work for, or have contact with, a business that would like to enter a cake into our 'Business Bake Off' – judged by the Mayor? Cakes without nuts and which don't require refrigeration only please! 
  • We are also looking for raffle prizes so if you have connections to any local businesses, who may be able to donate a prize, please let us know
  • Share details of the event with your friends, family and wider networks, by sharing our Facebook Page
  • .....Or just come along and relax on the lawn, listening to live music from local bands, viewing the art and browsing the vintage clothing stall. Tea, coffee, cake and alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase.

 If you attend this event as a guest there is a £3 entry fee. You can book tickets in advance here

TazZa Quiz Night - Thursday, 13th June - TazZa Coffee, Sutton 7pm
SPEAR has been supported for the past year by the team at TazZa Coffee on Sutton High Street. They are hosting a Quiz Night in aid of SPEAR on Thursday, 13th June at 7pm.

Entry is £10 per person and teams must consist of a maximum number of 5 members.

If you're interested in either forming a team or joining a SPEAR team then please get in touch with Joy in our Fundraising Team.

The Big Thank You Coffee Morning - Thursday, 13th June RHACC Richmond
Richmond CVS is inviting Richmond-based volunteers to attend a coffee morning on Thursday 13th June from 10.30am. Light refreshments will be served and there will be a guest speaker and a chance for volunteers to chat and share their experiences of volunteering. If you would like to attend you can find out further information and sign up here

Our recruitment at SPEAR continues. Right now we are recruiting to positions in our Outreach, Tenancy Support and Homeless Health Link teams. But hurry! Closing dates are imminent!

More details and application packs can be found on our website here.
Please share with your networks!

Do you shop online? Did you know that many internet stores will donate a percentage of your purchase to SPEAR at no extra cost to you if you access their website through

Registering takes a couple of minutes and after that every e-purchase you make could help support our work.

Thank you!

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