Could you make a difference?
This Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) we are celebrating the people of Islington who give up their time to help to make a difference.
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.
Jonathan Houghton, 33, from Highbury, has been volunteering with the charity Missing People since 2009.
He said: “I first got involved because I was looking to gain some office experience and improve my communication skills. Now, eight years later, I’m still here volunteering four hours every week on the helpline, taking calls and responding to texts and emails from people affected by missing, either because they’re away from home themselves or they have a loved one who is.”
Missing People runs the only national helpline dedicated to supporting missing people and their families. The helpline is open around the clock and offers free and confidential support and advice to people who are missing, and to those left behind. Jonathan is one of 30 helpline volunteers who, between them, give an average of 200 hours of their time per month to ensure that this service is kept open 24/7.
Jonathan says: “Volunteering has helped me develop a wide range of skills I never knew I previously possessed and has boosted my confidence in nearly all areas of my life. I’ve met like-minded people and taken part in new activities. I would thoroughly recommend volunteering at Missing People to anyone looking for a new and exciting challenge in their lives.”
There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities in Islington. If you are interested in finding out more click here
Find out more about Missing People