Josie's story - Volunteering during COVID-19


Josie is a fashion stylist based in Tower Hamlets and registered through VCTH to volunteer in the local community. She talks about her experience volunteering in the community during the pandemic.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am a Londoner, originally from Shepherd’s Bush but have been living in Bow for about 3 years now.
Why did you decide to volunteer during the coronavirus emergency?
I decided to volunteer during COVID because I suddenly had a lot more free time on my hands. I had been volunteering at East London Cares before the pandemic but the social distancing rules rendered this impossible. I was aware that as a healthy able person living in Tower Hamlets I was able to help those more in need.
Who do you help through your volunteering?
I am volunteering at Weaver’s Adventure Playground which is currently undergoing reconstruction. I am helping to make and distribute food parcels for children and people in the local community who need it. No one is turned away from the centre and people leave with something to feed themselves and their families for the week ahead.
Has volunteering during the emergency helped you?
Volunteering has helped give my weeks some structure during a very uncertain time. It’s also brought me in to contact with local people I wouldn’t have normally met, and as result I feel a bit more part of the local community. It’s inspiring to see all the hard work the staff at the Playground do for others, and it feels good to give something back.
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