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Volunteers Week 2017

Published: 1 Jun 2017


From the 1st – 7th June we are celebrating Volunteers Week, a week dedicated to thanking our volunteers past and present.

In 2016/17, volunteers gave up 14,160 hours of their time to support our advice, youth, wellbeing and national services. That is not to mention all of the people who sacrificed their time to raise money for our services or trained for challenge events such as the London Marathon and the London to Brighton cycle so that we can provide people with the help, support and skills to improve their lives. Without their generosity, energy and dedication, our work would not be possible.

Volunteering has been a vital part of Toynbee Hall ever since our founding in 1884 by Samuel and Henrietta Barnett. Their vision was to create a place for future leaders to live and work as volunteers in the East End of London. They relied on volunteers from Oxford and Cambridge (Toynbee Hall has a long standing relationship with Balliol College, Oxford, which you can read more about here) who would give up their place amongst the elites to reside alongside the working classes of Whitechapel. Volunteers have been the lifeblood of Toynbee Hall and to this day, hundreds of volunteers come through our doors each year to give something back to the community.

We are currently going through a momentous moment in our history. The redevelopment of the Toynbee Hall Estate will create opportunities for more volunteers to once again live on our premises to help us share our heritage and inspire the next generation of social reformers.

From everyone at Toynbee Hall, we would like to thank our amazing volunteers for their invaluable contribution to our work and to the community.

If volunteering is something that interests, you can see our current opportunities here.