The Mayor of Hackney and Cllr Burke with some of our volunteers

We were delighted to welcome Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, and Cllr Jon Burke to the Volunteering Matters head office on Friday the 15th of September.

The Mayor and Cllr Burke met a group of volunteers to hear more about the Volunteering Matters projects that are taking place across the borough of Hackney.

They were joined by Dorcus, Venus and Anika, who are all part of our Positive Futures London project which empowers young people develop new skills, gain experience, do something worthwhile and have fun through volunteering. The programme, running in Hackney, Haringey and Tower Hamlets enables volunteers to give something back to their community and the team certainly did just that.

Dorcus spoke about a recent family fun day that she helped to organise in The Pembury Community Centre to raise funds for a homelessness charity in Hackney. She said: “I wanted to do something to spend my time more efficiently and volunteering has really pushed me out of my comfort zone. It’s given me the confidence to communicate with others in my community and do something positive. I’d recommend volunteering to everyone my age.”

Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville said: “It was inspiring to hear from young volunteers about how they are working hard to benefit their local community and empower themselves by gaining valuable life skills. It is fantastic that some of their peers are now taking up volunteering thanks to the positive work of Volunteering Matters.”

The room also heard from Esteban, a former Full-Time Volunteer. He described his year supporting a disabled person in London and said “it was the most exciting and rewarding experience of my life!”

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services said: “Volunteers make huge contribution to the social and cultural life of Hackney, and play a big role in bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds. It was great to speak to young people whose volunteering has had a positive impact on themselves, their peers, and the broader community.”

We want to say a huge thank you to Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney and Cllr Jon Burke for taking the time to visit Volunteering Matters.