The ethos of Community Service lies at the heart of Dulwich College, and has done since Edward Alleyn founded his school for poor, local scholars in 1619.
Around 145 students participate in 12 different projects and some 20 staff are involved in supporting student involvement. The majority of students however, commit to supporting one of our established community partners for one hour per week. For some, their volunteering may be supporting one-off events, such as supermarket collections for the local Brixton and West Norwood Foodbank service or marshalling crowds at Dulwich Village Fayres.
It is important that students develop meaningful connections and relationships via their community service projects, through which a deep appreciation of a cohesive, supportive and caring local community can be fostered. As students further understand their active role in their society, their perception of their own sense of self and wellbeing is also promoted.
We look forward to extending and developing our volunteering work across Dulwich and the wider Southwark area.
'’The majority of our student volunteers start their community work at their first opportunity in Year 10, and a great many choose to continue their work for the duration of their time at the school. They enjoy working with a range of different people and age groups and developing their communication skills.’'
Iain Hollingshead History Teacher at Dulwich College and Coordinator of Community Action
‘’We're delighted to be developing our partnership with Dulwich College through our location in Camberwell. The participation of College boys in our mentoring programmes has been really valuable as has being afforded the opportunity to participate in relevant events’ (e.g. CCF day). This serves to benefit the talent pool we have and is directly aspirational.’’
Joshua Imuere, Chief Executive, Southside Young Leaders' Academy