The Mayor of Greenwich, Councillor Norman Adams, joined our Volunteers Supporting Families (VSF) volunteers at an event to recognise and celebrate the impact of their work with vulnerable families.

Our volunteers provide crucial support for parents with children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan (CPP), Child in Need Plan (CiNP) or have additional needs. In 2015, the project recruited and trained 57 volunteers and supported 65 children and their parents.

Held in the beautiful Greenwich Town Hall, the event opened with a powerful presentation highlighting the impact of the project, featuring quotes from social workers, volunteers and families. A Greenwich social worker said: “VSF is a service that all boroughs need for their children’s services teams.”

The Mayor awarded the volunteers with certificates of recognition. He spoke about the importance of the project, and the clear impact the volunteers’ support has on families who are facing serious challenges and children who are at risk of harm or neglect. Volunteers had the opportunity to speak about their work with vulnerable families, including the challenges they faced and what they learnt from the experience.

For more information on Volunteers Supporting Families project and how you can become a volunteer, please click below to visit their page.Guests included Director of Children’s Services Gillian Palmer, Assistant Director of Children’s Services Andrew O’Sullivan, and Service Leader of Safeguarding Ruth Wise. Gillian thanked the volunteers for their hard work, and stressed the importance of VSF’s role and how it complements the work of local authority social care teams.

Volunteers Supporting Families