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About the organisation

Manor Garden Welfare Trust

Manor Gardens is a multicultural health and social care charity based in the heart of the community in North Islington, London. We:

• work with the most deprived and vulnerable people in Islington to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

• rehabilitate people who’ve had a stroke in our stroke club

• match volunteers to isolated older people in our Friendship Network

• support newly arrived communities to access health care

• run a Preschool.

• train local residents to cook and eat healthy meals and adopt healthier lifestyles.

• train volunteers as Mental Wellbeing Champions to open up a dialogue around mental wellbeing and break down taboos.

At Manor Gardens we have over 250 volunteers at any one time throughout the year, helping us be the beacon of community co-operation, working in the community to find mutual solutions to health and wellbeing challenges. We’ve made a difference to 7,371 beneficiaries last year and over 2,000 people a week come through the doors of the centre.

The Stroke Champions Program is a befriending service for stroke survivors in which volunteers go spend one-to-one time with these individuals in their homes or outdoor places such as coffee shops, parks, etc. The purpose is to build this vulnerable population’s confidence to become an active member in their community. Responsibilites may include, but are not limited to one-to-one visits, being an ambassador to Islinton Stroke Service, Manor Gardens and basic administrative tasks.

Role Aim: 

To establish and maintain befriending relationships with stroke survivors.


? To spend time with stroke survivors in their homes and local community, offering befriending and social support

* To offer general support to the client in maintaining the client’s health and welfare (e.g. to accompanying clients to medical appointments)

* Volunteers will not be asked to do anything they do not feel comfortable with.

* Generally it is expected that volunteers will spend time getting to know the client in his or her home before they go out on social or practical outings.

* Contribute hours to basic administrative work and to developing Champions Day, the program’s celebration day (optional).

Skills needed: 

No formal qualifications are required. A willingness to listen and an interest in meeting people is all that is necessary. Previous experience with stroke survivors or companionship programs is preferred.


in-person training and online modules

Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
12 hours a month - with a minimum of 1 visit per that time period.
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here