By running educational services with us, our volunteers fundraise for charities of their choice. Since OxFizz was founded in 2007, our volunteers have raised nearly£1m in charity donations.

We’re proud of the social impact our volunteers have — so from now until April we’ll be publishing blogs on their charities. We hope you find inspiration in what follows.

West London Action for Children (WLAC)

The sixth of these posts comes from volunteer Joanna Marx, who this past year has raised over £150 for West London Action for Children through OxFizz.

Joanna, how did you get involved with OxFizz?

I am a very new volunteer with OxFizz, having heard about the organisation from colleagues when I started my new job in the UK civil service.
Back at university I was involved with my college’s access scheme, where I experienced first hand how rewarding it was mentoring younger students toward academic access, so when the chance came up to do this and raise money for a brilliant charity, I was very keen.

And how did you get involved in WLAC?

I was introduced to WLAC through ‘The Fund’, which encourages civil servants to work as a group to fundraise for a charity of their choice.
West London was very much at the forefront of our minds following the Grenfell Towers tragedy, and our team wanted to help families in the area in need of support. So when we found WLAC it was a perfect match.

What is the impact of WLAC?

The organisation offers professional and confidential counseling and therapy services, free-of-charge, to people facing many different challenges and experiences. These people may have faced domestic violence, bereavement, divorce and separation, poor mental health, parental difficulties and resettlement trauma — among others.
Their impact is felt by families across Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea.

And who benefits from WLAC’s services?

The diversity of issues and people the organisation supports is astounding. They span a wide age range from children, to parents, to grandparents. The individuals and families which benefit from WLAC are usually on income support, or receiving tax credits.

What motivates you personally to be involved?

For me, the most exciting part of WLAC’s work is their support of young people and students.
Like OxFizz, they work hard to get students to fulfill their academic potential. But they also help those groups of students who need support to stay in school — those, for example, at risk of bullying, truancy, or exclusion.
So I feel by fundraising through OxFizz, my contributions are multiplied!

And why should OxFizz volunteers consider donating to WLAC?

If fundraising is your thing, then no amount is too small! Just £5 will help WLAC buy a child’s therapeutic toy, while £10 will provide a family with a parenting book full of useful guidance.

Finally, how else can OxFizz volunteers support WLAC?

My colleagues and I have a great working relationship with the charity, and volunteer with them as well as fundraise. There are lots of ways to contribute — like helping to paint a family’s house, assisting in the charity’s office, or organising a fun trip to town for kids who wouldn’t normally have such opportunities.
WLAC’s website has loads of ideas for fundraising and volunteering, and they would absolutely welcome your support.

If you want to find out more about West London Action For Children, you can visit their website here.

If you are interested in fundraising through OxFizz or WLAC, please contact Lee on lee.robertson@oxfizz.org