HeadStart London Community Partners

HeadStart engages motivated 16-18 year olds and links them to local charities that will benefit from additional volunteer support.

All HeadStart volunteers have a good foundation of communication, teamwork and leadership skills which they have developed by taking part in NCS with The Challenge.

HeadStart volunteers have already dedicated thousands of social action hours to their local community, from helping to coach weekly sports sessions for children with disabilities, fundraising for local hospices, to helping run local charity shops. They have proven themselves to be enthusiastic, engaged volunteers, with an appetite for new skills and experiences making them valuable assets to the organisations they dedicate their time to, as illustrated by Sze’s story:

“Sze started volunteering with us in October with the HeadStart group, 11 brave young people pulling ivy under the rain, at the Belsize and Adelaide Green Gym. Sze had expressed interest in nature conservation specifically and came back for more Sunday sessions. I noted that he had an eye for things that needed doing and curiosity about how the group functions, and, after a couple of months, asked him if he would be interested in helping to lead the Green Gym, which he expressed interest in. He is now co-leading on most Sundays.

Sze also took excellent minutes at the next steering group meeting of the group who is working at becoming independent from The Conservation Volunteers. At the establishment of the Committee, Sze expressed the interest to take on the role of Secretary which was agreed by consensus. He has set up a facebook page for the group and has also in the meantime started to act as an ambassador for the Green Gym, talking to other volunteers about the Green Gym at volunteer fairs. We are very pleased that, at only 17, Sze has taken on so many challenges and is growing within the group so well.”

Lawrence, Green Gym Volunteer Coordinator

We are now looking for charity partners in Brent, Camden, Islington, the City, Barnet, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Ealing. Get in touch if you think your charity could benefit from a HeadStart volunteer today.

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