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Volunteering at The Camden Society

Celebrating - Volunteering Week at the NCVO

Volunteering at The Camden Society - Is a walk in the Park

Each year NCVO runs a week long campaign, Volunteers Week, to celebrate and say thank for the fantastic contributions millions of volunteers make across the UK

Volunteers contribute to a wide range of activities we run, ranging from Christmas tree selling in the run up to the festive season at Mill Lane Garden Centre to our volunteer led weekly walking group supporting people to discover London on foot.

We recently caught up with our resident walking group volunteers as they visited Bermondsey to understand why they had chosen to volunteer with The Camden Society.

The group of three people we support were led by volunteers Christine and Jack who have been volunteering at the Camden Society for a couple of years. Both entered volunteering for different reasons but enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the weekly walking group.

Jack got in touch with us after moving to London to work in the finance sector. He’d had previous experience volunteering for a social enterprise café that employs people with a learning disability and wanted to continue with a similar role following his move to London. On why he enjoys volunteering with us, Jack said that “It’s a relaxing way to start my weekend”. In addition, the company he works for donates a generous £100.00 to The Camden Society for every 10 hours that he volunteers. For Catherine, a semi-retired primary school teacher, explained that  she really enjoys walks as part of her weekend routine and finds them a good way to wind down from a week in classroom.

The walking group followed an interesting route set out on an accessible map from the Rotherhithe Tunnel, to Southwark Park via Canada Water. Everyone  particularly liked the Norwegian and Finnish churches on nearby Albion Street and were interested to hear about how they were built for sailors from Scandinavia harboured at nearby Surrey Docks. Of the trip, Mohamed, who regularly attends the walking group, said: “The walk was amazing. It is my first time in Southwark and I think it was the best place in London; especially the park and walking by the river”.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the Camden Society then get in touch with Volunteer Coordinator, Ahmed Qazi, at ahmed.qazi@thecamdensociety.co.uk