FCV Dorcas Befriending Project is a volunteer led scheme offering a befriending service to older and disabled adults within our community to enhance their quality of life.

We operate in and around the south and central areas of the London Borough of Islington, in North London (broadly the N1 and EC1 postcode areas) and have been active for fifteen years.

Volunteering Opportunities

We are currently looking for new volunteers, get in touch with us via our contact form.

Our History

FCV Dorcas Befriending Project brings together two well-established voluntary organisations based in Islington – Dorcas Befriending Project (DBP) and Finsbury and Clerkenwell Volunteers (FCV). DBP was established in 2001 to provide voluntary befriending services to older and disabled adults within the local community.

Finsbury and Clerkenwell Volunteers (FCV) was established in 1971 to provide help to housebound or elderly people who needed it. From small beginnings they became a registered charity in 1974 (Registered Charity No. 268511). FCV provide a wide variety of services: Befriending visits; twice-weekly Lunch Clubs; Telephone Befriending, assisted shopping trips using their own minibuses, various day outings and help with practical tasks.

These two organisations merged in August 2015. A division was created within FCV called FCV Dorcas Befriending Project which now manages the combined befriending relationships of these respective organisations and plans to develop this service. FCV Dorcas Befriending Project currently runs approximately 70 befriending relationships across South and Central Islington – primarily within the N1 and EC1 postcode areas.
We are grateful to New River Baptist Church for the continued use of our office space at the Bridge Centre.

Equality and Diversity

We promote equal opportunities for all our clients and volunteers and value diversity in our work. Our commitment to equality and diversity means that we welcome and celebrate working in a multicultural, multi faith society and believe no one should be treated unfairly.

At FCV Dorcas Befriending Project, we believe that the diverse composition of our service users and the communities we serve can best be met by a more diverse volunteer base and we have volunteers from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and religions, who share in our vision of providing a much needed befriending service to vulnerable members of our community.