Tash, a 24-year-old doctor, decided to become a volunteer when she moved for university. “I was studying at UCL and I knew that I really wanted to get involved when I moved to Camden. It’s such a diverse area, and there’s such an amazing variety of people,” she says. The girls and young women at Pax Lodge are given the opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills, from camping and cooking to advocacy, science, vlogging and more.
The groups also pledge to serve the community. In the last year they visited a local dementia specialist care home to distribute their handmade Christmas cards. “The girls are 12 years old, they may never have met a person with dementia. They’ll kneel down next to them, talk to them and ask about their lives. That’s really special, that intergenerational aspect”, Tash says.