"I've been with Hackney Quest since 2015. I help out at primary youth club and the school holiday programme. I got involved initially because it serves the community near to where I live, though I didn't realise how much at the time. Everyone involved is positive and welcoming. I feel privileged to be part of the 'family' now."
"My friend told me about Hackney Quest so I enrolled my daughter, and all 3 of my children ended up coming. Shortly after, I started volunteering and that was nearly 10 years ago. I am still grateful to Quest for bringing my daughter out of her shell - she was so bright but very shy. I've done all sorts of volunteering for Quest from helping on trips to cooking the community meals on a Monday. I especially love cooking because it gives me real joy to bring new flavours to people and see a smile on their face after they've eaten my food."
"I've been at HQ since October 2020. I've helped with employability skills workshops, 1-2-1 mentoring, and supporting youth trips. I really like the HQ ethos and I wanted to be more involved in my community. Volunteering is fun, it makes me happy. It's especially great to interact with the young people of Hackney. Being close to their enthusiasm, energy and way of thinking is a learning experience for me."
"I've been with Hackney Quest for 19 years! I joined as I started secondary school and I've been actively involved ever since, going on trips and even a residential. At 16, I joined the youth volunteering team so I could give back and be a good role model for young people. We organised events, fundraised, and I loved it! I went to uni but still volunteered in my holidays.
At the grand old age of 28, I still volunteer, and I love it; it’s a safe place and like a family. There's always someone to talk to and during the difficult time of COVID I have been thankful to turn up and offload, knowing that I will be loved and not judged. It’s great to see so many young people like me still wanting to take part – I watch them follow the same cycle of engagement then volunteering, just as I did.
There’s something for everyone here!"
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