Alex - Swiss Cottage
"I think that community is extremely important in any big city. The pace of life in a city like London is fast and it's too easy for certain groups of people to be passed over, which is something that I find sad. The idea of being part of a support network for older neighbours was something that appealed strongly. It seemed to me that even a small investment of time volunteering for North London Cares could make a difference to individuals in the area and to the community as a whole.
Volunteering has given me a great sense of satisfaction. I get to see first hand the impact that my contribution makes. Moreover, it is great to get to know new people in your area. I’m an Organiser and hold a monthly book club in Swiss Cottage. I have had some great experiences and have met some brilliant people – neighbours and volunteers alike. Everyone has a story to tell, and it's great fun to sit down and listen to them. In return I hope that I've at the very least brightened up a few people's afternoons.
What is nice about North London Cares is that there is a huge range of events going on which support people in the community in a variety of ways. Even if you can only contribute an hour or two every now and then, you know that that hour has been spent making someone's day a bit happier."