Carlos’ Volunteering experience

Once in while, we get together with some of our volunteers and ask them about their experience. Carlos has been helping out at the Angel Shed theatre and this is his story.



Carlos has lived in Islington for just over a year, he moved from Spain where he had been working as a cameraman and photographer. He was keen to get more involved in his local community and share his skills at the same time as gaining experience.  After browsing the Here To Islington website,  Carlos was instantly attracted to the voluntary opportunity with Angel Shed Theatre who were looking for someone to film their end of term children’s theatre performance. Angel Shed theatre a fully inclusive theatre charity, providing specialist opportunities for children and young people otherwise excluded from this kind of activity.

Perks gained

Carlos really enjoyed his time making the film with the children, he found the website straight forward and easy to use. He liked that the opportunity was time specific but also relatively flexible around his availability. The brief was to capture some behind the scenes footage and the play itself to create a short promo and a full length DVD of the terms performance.  This year’s production was a trio of 3 plays: Where the wild things are, a Babayaga story and a Caribbean folk story.  An eclectic mix reflecting the diversity of the performers and audience.

Skills gained

Although Carlos has experience of filming theatre, Carlos had to adapt and blend in to be able to get great footage of the unique performance.  He was able to work alongside the Angel Shed theatre team to film and edit something that would work well for them.

 The future

Carlos will be helping to film at  hip-hop festival to expand his repertoire and would ultimately like to become a full time free-lance camera man and photographer but enjoys new opportunities to get more involved in Islington.


Carlos says:

Here To is very useful in being clear and specific, you know a start and end date which makes it easier to get involved. I would defiantly recommend it to friends.  Helping out with Angel Shed Theatre has been a lot of fun.

Joanne from Angel Theatre says:

It’s really hard for us to find willing volunteers and we are such a small organisation, we really rely on our brilliant volunteer teams. Here To is a great way for us to advertise for someone with specific skills such as filming and editing. He was great with the members, punctual, friendly and the final edits looks brilliant. The video will help us promote ourselves and continue our work in this year, our 10th birthday year, and in the future.




Want to be an Islington Maker?

As I write I am watching the Closing Ceremony for London 2012, as we celebrate the amazing achievements of the Games Makers of London 2012!

So the athletes and all their coaches were pretty great too, but if it hadn’t been for the 70,000 Games Makers who gave up at least two weeks of their time to help run the London 2012 Olympic Games, to meet and great people from around the world and support the athletes, we wouldn’t have had an Olympics at all.

Wenlock and Games Makers (Crown Copyright –

To all those who have gave up their time at London 2012 we salute you and thank you for making us so proud to be British!

We want to help continue the amazing atmosphere that has been in London over the last couple of weeks with your help! The Here To team are preparing to get out on the town again and to gather more of your ideas for how you would like to get involved in the Islington community and we would love your support in spreading the word. We will be having stands at different festivals across the borough:

  • Angel  Canal Festival (Graham Street, off City Road, N1) – 2nd September, 11- around 3pm
  • Gillespie Park Festival  (near Arsenal tube station) – Sunday 9th September, 1-5pm
  • Cally Festival (Caledonian Road) –  Sunday 16th September, 12 – 6pm

The Here To Photomatic Machine being built by Tom

We will be taking our fantastic new photomatic profiling machine (above) to events throughout Islington, meeting residents and organisations to find out what you’re favourite thing to do is and how you can use this interest to improve the Islington community. We will also be doing some on the spot volunteering, from planting to painting for local areas and organisations in Islington.

  • Do you want to be part of something new and exciting?
  • Do you want to try out your camera skills in our photomatic machine?
  • Or perhaps you want to hang out with fellow residents and friends (or even members of our team- who wouldn’t?)?

Whatever your motivations we would love you to be involved with Here To and spreading the word across Islington. Let us know what would inspire you to help out at our stalls and we’ll see if we can provide it.

We are looking for people to help out on our stand at the festivals above, whether it is for one hour or the whole day then please get in touch.

Email: to get involved.