Voluntary Services Lewisham (VSL), is an independent charity founded in 1969.  Although the charity was originally set up to deliver services supporting people living in the Forest Hill & Sydenham area, the organisation has developed in recent years and some services are now Lewisham Borough wide.

Our Aims and Objectives

Voluntary Services Lewisham (VSL) is a registered charity that delivers high quality charity services, with the support of volunteers across the borough. We run and provide accessible services to support and empower vulnerable people.

We deliver a wide range of volunteer led projects that reduce isolation, promote inclusion and improve the wellbeing of our service users. We believe that every vulnerable person should be valued, respected, and able to live their lives with dignity.   

We look forward to continuing our partnerships within the voluntary, community, and statutory sectors, and delivering projects and services where the need is the greatest.


    Who Do We Help

    We operate within an equality and diversity framework and our service users include the following groups:

    • Older people
    • Vulnerable adults
    • People with physical disabilities
    • People experiencing mental health difficulties
    • Children & families from disadvantaged backgrounds
    • Single parents
    • Unemployed
    • People in recovery from addiction

    Present and Past Projects Include:

    Transport – VSL Volunteer Driving Scheme and Access Lewisham Project

    Mental Health – Drop-ins and a Happiness and Wellbeing Programme

    Befriending and Other Projects – Befriending, Office and Trustees, School helpers, Shopping/Escorting, Sitting/relief for carers, Lunch club helpers and DIY , Wheelchair Assistance.

    Seasonal projects – Gardening Maintenance and Christmas project