A volunteer’s journey
Rachel is a lifelong Camden resident and has been an active volunteer with Community Champions for the past year. She has been empowered by the programme to promote healthy eating – which is one of Camden’s missions for the borough – leading on projects including food parcels with recipes, a cooking class for teenagers and fruit giveaways in playgrounds. She has seen the positive impacts of her cooking class, seeing “parents enjoying the food that the kids cook in the class so much that they start cooking it at home as well”, and her first referral of a resident from their GP recently.
Rachel catered for a Family Fun Day event on her estate.“A real problem on my estate is that nobody speaks to anyone. There’s not really a sense of community. This event brought everyone out of their homes, and gave them a reason to spend time with each other – with food because that always works, it’s a good icebreaker.”