Vountary Action Islington host visitors from Japan


Today Voluntary Action Islington hosted a visit by two academics from Kyushu University in Japan. Dr Yuriko Arima and Assistant Professor Yukako Shigematsu have been in the UK for two days to find out about the work of voluntary organisations and how organisations work together to improve health and social care.

This afternoon they met with Mike Sherriff, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Islington, Emma Whitby, Head of LINk services in Islington and Alison Blackwood, Head of Policy at London Voluntary Service Council.

 The visitors commented on the independence of the local voluntary sector and the range of training and education that was provided for voluntary organisations. They said that there was a growing role for local voluntary organisations in Japan, because of the flexibility of services provided by community organisations.

Mike Sherriff, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Islington said: “The visitors from Japan were impressed by the way in which organisations in Islington work together to make a difference and by the role that volunteers play locally. They were keen to find out about the role that hundreds of community organisations play in improving the quality of life locally.”

Click here to view a photo from the visit