Carlos's story

 
 

Volunteering during the pandemic. Carlos's story.

 
Carlos is one of the 2,000 Tower Hamlets volunteers that offered to help during the coronavirus emergency. We asked him a few questions about his volunteering experience.
 
Tell us a bit about yourself
"I’m originally from Surrey but moved to Tower Hamlets about five years ago. I work in digital marketing and event management. I love sport, particularly football, and travelling".
 
Why did you decide to volunteer during the coronavirus emergency?
"I want to help people who are worst affected by the pandemic. The situation is worrying for everyone, but particularly for vulnerable groups who are self-isolating and don’t have family and friends to help. I hate to think there are people who feel totally alone and uncertain. Therefore when lockdown started I joined a number of local volunteering schemes to provide my support".
 
What kind of volunteering are you doing?
"I’ve been delivering food and shopping to local Tower Hamlets residents through three organisations – WIT (Women’s Inclusive Team), St Hilda’s and Hestia. I also help out at WIT’s foodbank in Poplar and produce content for their social media. Plus I’ve signed up to the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme".
 
Who do you help through your volunteering?
"I deliver food and shopping to people who are either self-isolating because they’re in the shielding group or to households who are struggling financially. The people being helped are very appreciative and many like to have a good chat on the doorstep, which is an absolute pleasure. I’ve met some really interesting people who, despite the difficulties, are approaching lockdown with good humour and an upbeat attitude".
 
Has volunteering during the emergency helped you?
"Yes. Volunteering has made me appreciate the importance of charities and community work. I’ve been able to meet and get to know people in my community from different circumstances and backgrounds. Personally, I’m in good health and have a wonderful family. But I understand not everyone is that lucky and I have gained a greater appreciation that anyone can quickly fall on hard times. So the need for charity and community work is so important."
 
 
Inspired by Carlos? Sign-up for the Tower Hamlets volunteering hub.
 

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