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 healthy eating projects including food parcels with recipes, cooking classes for teenagers and fruit giveaways in playgrounds. She also runs the Real Food Project, workshops where Regent’s Park residents can learn to cook healthy meals on a budget and make their favourite dishes healthier.
Rachel has seen the positive impacts of her cooking classes, 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.”