Volunteer scheme success for Hackney Homes
Published by Natalie Powell for Hackney Homes in Housing
Volunteer Centre Hackney and Hackney Homes are in their second year of partnership after piloting a successful volunteering project in 2010/11.
With 116 residents signed up to the scheme, fifty successful voluntary placements have been undertaken with ten residents becoming employed after engaging in voluntary work. The roles created withinHackney Homes, enable volunteers with an interest in housing to get the essential hands on experience needed to progress in the housing field.
Local resident from Harman estate, Stephen White has benefited from the scheme. After volunteering for three days a week within the tenancy and leasehold department he is now in a temporary paid position with Hackney Homes.
Commenting on his experience Stephen said: “I was extremely lucky to find somebody who understood my situation and was prepared to give me the opportunity to get back to work.” He continued “I am so glad I did the volunteering and absolutely delighted with the outcome. I thought it would be very difficult getting employed after long term mental illness but I have done it and I would recommend anybody to volunteer"
Cabinet advisor for Hackney Homes Councillor Philip Glanville said: “In this economic climate, volunteer programmes such as this are a great way for local residents to gain valuable experience for future employment. It’s good to hear the positive stories of those who have enjoyed their placements and we encourage more residents to take advantage of this opportunity.”