Transport Scheme

The Access Lewisham Transport Scheme is an accessible and affordable service for Lewisham residents who have difficulty or are unable to use public transport.


Our DIY & Decorating Scheme matches volunteers for one-off tasks to help service users in Lewisham. Requests vary greatly and we need volunteers with a wide variety of talents who are willing to be called upon occasionally.


Volunteers are very much a part of the team at the VSL. All our receptionists are volunteers, as well as many of those helping out behind the scenes.

Shopping Scheme

Our shopping scheme helps service users in the Forest Hill & Sydenham area, who are unable to do their own food shopping.

Telephone Befriending

The VSL befriending scheme covers the whole borough of Lewisham and matches volunteers with service users based on shared interests, the individual’s needs, and the volunteers’ availability.


Our Escorting Scheme covers the whole borough of Lewisham and provides volunteers for regular or one-off outings that the service user would otherwise find difficult to complete


From time to time the VSL receives a request that we cannot categorise.


At Christmas time VSL provides hampers to elderly and isolated adults, food hampers and supermarket vouchers to families, and toys and books to their children.

Mental Health

The VSL runs drop-ins within the borough of Lewisham for people with severe and enduring mental health issues. VSL drop-ins are run in partnership with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.


School helpers volunteer in schools (currently primary schools only) in the Forest Hill & Sydenham area.

Wheelchair Assistants

The VSL wheelchair Assistant scheme matches volunteers with service users living in the Forest Hill & Sydenham area.


VSL relies on caring volunteers using their own cars to take vulnerable people to their appointments. There are also opportunities for volunteers to drive the VSL minibuses on various trips – using just a car licence. The complementary role to the driver is a Passenger Assistant (PA). The PA takes care of the passengers during the journey and helps them on and off the minibus.


The Board of Trustees oversee the running of VSL and are ultimately responsible for the Organisation.

Contact us to Volunteer!

Please click the picture above to contact us. Otherwise, email us at or telephone 020 8291 1747.