Hi there. I’m Shannon and Here To Islington have asked me to share how I got involved with the project by writing a success story.
I wanted to join in with Give Local to get a clearer picture of what community groups were doing in Islington to help inform my work. And despite being a seasoned volunteer, I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the day on a more personal level. It was a lot more fun that I expected!
The highlight for me was the fact that I was both able to help run the event, but also take part in the activities on offer. I got a real happiness boost from that combination. Leafleting to the public to get people into the event was a really interesting experience and the drama workshops by North London Cares and City Academy were fantastic. I used to do a lot of drama when I was growing up, and those workshops have inspired me to get back into one of the hobbies of my youth!
The drama session also meant I could connect with others and meet some older people: a chance I don’t really get very often. I also loved the treasure hunt run by Islington Community Theatre on the day too. I just wish I had more time for the smoothie bike and the cushion-making workshop!
Taking part in Give Local has helped me to realise just how interconnected local projects are in Islington, and it has given me new contacts and knowledge that will help with my work on the BIG Alliance. I give around 20 hours of my time each month to good causes, so Here To have given me yet another positive experience of giving locally.
As a result, I would definitely consider looking at the Here To Islington website in the future if I find the time for a new opportunity, and I would be interested in helping out at similar events.
Perhaps I will see you there?