From YouTube: Volunteering in Hillingdon
Short film about the Hillingdon Association of Volunteer Services (HAVS) http://www.hillingdonconnected.org.uk
Hillingdon is London's second-largest borough, with nearly a quarter of a million people coming from a vast range of cultures and nationalities. That borough is diverse, with modern, high quality shopping centres, thriving urban communities, but also huge areas of woodland, country parks and waterways lying to the west of London. It contributes to the economic life of the capital, with major road networks, mainline and underground rail links and the world's busiest airport at Heathrow. Despite all, this hillingdon remains one of London's greenest boroughs with numerous parts, open spaces and publicly accessible woodland from this rich mix.
Think volunteers do have a significant role to play in the borough in terms of improving the quality of life. Maintaining the cohesion across the borough and the opportunities for volunteering are going to increase and I. Think people will see it as an opportunity to actually really give something back to the area in which they they live and also helping them to develop skills from themselves. There's quite a few examples where people who've done volunteering that develop skills which enable them to go and get better jobs or get employment where previously they haven't had it.
There has been a council for the voluntary services in hillingdon since nineteen sixty-five known as haves. It was originally run by a small group of volunteers, but now employs 22 staff and a regular team of volunteers from our base. In usually high street haves, raises awareness of the issues and value of the voluntary sector. Our relationships and partnerships with statutory bodies and community groups give us a unique perspective of the volunteering opportunities in the borough.
The youth who are looking for something to put on there you cast Lorne all the way through to people who are retired, they've, had probably very very good jobs in the past and and now they've got time on their hands and they want to be able to use those skills but for the benefit of the community. So a whole range of people.
After my retirement couple of years, I gave it to myself doing different things and traveling and but then I thought I must do something tonight, a very busy life. They seem to be vacuumed. I wanted to fill that vacuum and I'm glad that I did because they're this it is completely different and I'm totally enjoying it. Oh.
Employers that I've come across recognize that they have this corporate social responsibility agenda, which they need to fill. Look you have your staff working and living in the borough. Let them give something back in addition to doing the day job by contributing to what's happening in their community. We're.