Case Studies

Anne-Helene's Story


A long-time Kensington resident, I initially approached the Volunteer Centre as I was seeking to participate in voluntary action in my local area and had heard good things about VCKC.<...>


Matan's Story


I've volunteered for twenty years, since my son was a baby. I started at his nursery, and carried on through his primary and secondary stages. I went back to work, and returned to volunteering when...


Marie's Story


My volunteering journey started when I left Haiti to make a better life for myself and to make things better for people back home. I was finding it difficult to get a job, so I...


Armin's Story


I volunteer because I want to do something productive during my spare time and to be part of an organisation that is concerned about people's safety and wellbeing.


Steven's Story


Steven has been working with InsideOut since April 2020, having spent a year in custody. He was full of ideas about his future but lacked support. He and the coordinator of InsideOut, Jason H...


Celia's Story


Celia has been volunteering with the Volunteer Centre since early 2018. After attending a ‘Benefits of Volunteering’ workshop, she signed up to become a Wellbeing Ambassador.


Neil's Story


When Neil first contacted InsideOut, he had just lost his job in construction due to COVID-19. As an ex-offender, he thought he would struggle to find work and was in a ba...


Muna's Story


My reason for volunteering was to get myself into work after a long time of studying and being a full-time mother. I volunteered with Midaye Somali Development Network, helping non-English-speaking...


Rob's Story


Social Action Volunteering Tackles Loneliness Epidemic

 
When London based recruitment consultant Rob found himself locked down with time on his hands, he thought o...


Nathan's Story


Nathan has been volunteering regularly for the last 10 years and is part of the Volunteer Centre’s Wellbeing programme. His most recent placement was with Westway Gardens, where he had been v...


Alicia's Story


I started volunteering because I didn’t want to feel lonely and I also like to help people. I wanted to do something rewarding and volunteering is a lovely way of spending your time, fulfilling you...


Frances' Story


Frances is part of our Wellbeing team's small army of Telephone Befriender volunteers, giving their time to help the most vulnerable in our community to feel less isolated during ...


Jennifer's Story


"I used to be my mum's carer, and when she unfortunately died, it left a big void in my life, by not having anyone to occupy my time and to keep me company.  So someone ...


Ahmed's Story


When Ahmed first came to Wellbeing at VCKC, he was struggling with depression and isolation after having to give up his job as a security guard due to a health condition. He started attending commu...


Maria's Story


I moved to London in 2015 to pursue my career in Public Health. Once I came, I started searching for jobs and volunteer opportunities and shortly I found out about Volunteer Centre Kensington and C...


Katarina's Story


This summer, I graduated with a degree in French Studies from The University of Birmingham, and it was also the time that I undertook my first voluntary work.

 

Oxfam run an amazing vol...


Alan's Story


“I was unemployed for a long period of time so my advisor at the Job Centre recommended that I seek help from the Volunteer Centre.

Followi...


Billy's Story


Billy, an ex-offender and a qualified electrician, dropped in to the Volunteer Centre after being unemployed for two years.

He heard about the centre from a  friend and came to register with ...


Xena, a single mum of six


Xena is a single mum of six children who had never worked before and had no schooling until she arrived in the UK. She was referred to Ola, our Head of Employment by a friend who had previously bee...


Harrods Volunteers & The Latymer Community Church


The Latymer Community Church is a small, friendly church firmly rooted in North Kensington.

The church hall is used six days a week to provide a home for local organisations to run group acti...