About Us

Pholk is a registered charity based in Essex that was originally founded in 2013. The charity enables adults with and without disabilities to come together on equal terms by going out into the community to establish new friendships, confidence, self-esteem and social skills. It also helps approach any difficult challenges the young adults may have previously been unable to do.

At the moment we meet on a Wednesday evening in the Southend-On-Sea area, however we do also plan the occasional days out and respite weekends away. Our Facebook page has an up to date programme (https://www.facebook.com/pholk.charity/) and gets updated regularly. These are a few activities that we have done:

  • Out for dinner
  • Bowling
  • Mini Golf
  • Cinema
  • Pottery
  • Variety of sports

Our Volunteers

Sophie Alderton

I really enjoy my voluntary work and I love making people smile. I find it very rewarding helping members build long life friendships and overcome obstacles they’ve faced in the past.

Michael Davies

I love volunteering at Pholk because I believe in the concept of bringing everyone together on equal terms regardless of the individuals ability. I also like the sense that I’m doing something worthwhile for the community.

Alex Kindell

I’ve always had a caring nature which is why I wanted to volunteer at Pholk. I enjoy helping others and being part of a group. Pholk are so welcoming and we are all like one little family. Not only do I get to help others and be a part of something positive, its also something I really enjoy and look forward to

Steve Charlton

Pholk is a fantastic charity which makes a huge difference to people’s lives. I really enjoy volunteering and having great social nights out with everyone

Judy Lee

I really enjoy volunteering at Pholk. It’s a great charity that makes such a difference to our members, enabling everyone to come together on equal terms

Ellie Young

I find it really rewarding volunteering at Pholk. It’s a fantastic charity which helps bring everyone together on equal terms. We go to a variety of places in the community and everyone has so much fun!

What Our Members Think

“So privileged to be part of the amazing charity Pholk as before this came along I wasn’t in a good place in my life esp on a social aspect of it, was very isolated/lonely/depressed, had very few friends, and i didn’t really go out too much either, socially that is. However since joining Pholk my life is so different I always enjoy the meetings and activities that they do and I’ve made some great new friends in my time there, long may it continue because it has changed my life for the better and I absolutely love it thanks for making me feel so welcome”

“Pholk is such an amazing charity and I love attending the meets each week. We have so much fun and I have made lots of new friends. I love being able to go out to places I have never been able to go to before”

“I really enjoy Pholk and all the activities we do. I have so much more confidence since becoming a member and I was even able to go on my first ever holiday which was Disneyland Paris. I had the time of my life.”

Getting Involved

At PHOLK, we always need your support in raising funds for us to continue “Bringing everyone together on equal terms” for everyone of all abilities. As well as fundraising, we are always looking for dedicated volunteers to join our friendly team. Interested? Please contact us for more information, or come along one week to meet the crew! You will see what a difference Pholk makes to young adults of all abilities.


New Members

If you live in Southend or the surrounding areas then this is the club for you. If you are interested in making new friendships and going out in the community and having fun, then why not join PHOLK. We meet fortnightly and do a range of activities like cinema trips, bowling, crazy golf, pottery painting, pub evenings, picnics and meals out.

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