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The ‘win-win’ in volunteering for The Camden Society

Volunteering for the Camden Society is a win-win for all involved. As a volunteer, you can benefit from a 'feel good factor', acquiring new skills, gaining valuable experience of the charity sector and working with vulnerable people to help them reach their full potential. But best of all you get to meet new people and it is great fun!

For the charity, volunteers enable us to run activities on a regular basis that otherwise would not be possible. We have a clear ethical policy that volunteers will not take work away from paid staff. However, our volunteers help us to run a range of activities such as the Walking Club, the Bike Club, sessions in drama therapy and our health and wellbeing clubs on Saturdays.

In 2017 we were lucky to receive Big Lottery funding to employ volunteer coordinator Ahmed Qazi. At the time it was a small operation with just three volunteers, but he quickly set out to increase the number.

An important first step was to redesign the application process to make it quicker and more accessible. The benefits have become clear, with the number of recruits rising to 15 regular volunteers.

After going through three induction sessions, new volunteers are asked to commit to six months of regular volunteering, during which the frequency is up to them. Volunteers always work in pairs to support each other in running activities.

As well as on-the-job training, volunteers do the same courses as Camden Society staff. You will also be given continual support through individual sessions with Ahmed every three months – more often if needed.

The people we support really look forward to seeing the volunteers every week at the various activities, and get excited when they know a new person is going to start work. Mohamed from the Walking and Bikes Clubs says he really appreciates the volunteers, knows they are the people who make it happen, sees them as his friends and hopes they enjoy themselves as much he does.

Our volunteering opportunities are open to all and there is something for everyone, whatever their skills and abilities.

Last year the Camden Society benefited from 1,500 hours of volunteering, an amazing contribution that has done so much to improve the quality of life for the people we support. But we can always use more people to help us as we look to improve and expand our range of activities for people with a learning disability.

Could you be one of these amazing people? If so please or fill out the very short application form online or contact us for an informal chat on 020 7485 8177 or at volunteering@thecamdensociety.co.uk