Volunteers Making a Difference

To celebrate Volunteers Week 2020, we would like to thank and highlight the great work volunteers have been doing in Islington. Thank you to all the volunteers who been helping out in the borough and especially during this difficult time.

Octopus Communities is a network of multi-purpose community centres in Islington. Volunteers are a hugely important part of this network and they help with so many different types of community work, such as delivering food parcels, shopping for members, food hub projects, packing food parcels, collecting donations, befriending and much more. Megan, Wendy, Patrice, Robin, Claire and Christina are 6 of just a few amazing volunteers from across the community centres in the network who have told their inspirationals stories here.

In addition to the great work from Octopus Communities, there has been a bunch of outstanding volunteering efforts throughout the community. Annabelle has been volunteering at Centre404 which includes creating thank you packages for frontline workers, food shopping and phoning people who may be feeling isolated and alone. Nia has been volunteering at Hornsey Lane Estate Community Centre and is now one of the leading coordinators for emergency food bank . Paul and Simren have been volunteering at Help on Your Doorstep to shopping for people who can’t leave their home and worked as a telephone befriender, speaking to people on a regular basis. Gabriella has been volunteering at Manor Gardens Welfare Trust and involved in the emergency food distribution which packs up 200 food parcels each week for local residents in need. Charity has been volunteering at Positively UK to supports people through all stages of diagnosis, offering peer support. She also works as a workshop facilitator and creative lead for Catwalk4Power, a peer support, arts empowerment and wellbeing project. You can read their inspirational stories here