Friday 19 May 2017

Iona's Story - Volunteering with Emmaus Lambeth

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As well as taking on volunteers within our West Norwood community and Wallington retail site, Emmaus Lambeth also provides volunteers to work at the kitchen for Lambeth Assessment Centre situated in Bond Way, Vauxhall.

The volunteers are there everyday providing hot meals for the homeless residents during their stay there, as they receive support and temporary accommodation.

One of these volunteers is Iona, and today she would like to share her story.

" I'm originally from the Midlands and I moved down to London 9 years ago for University and never left.

I studied Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Art, and I have been living in Brixton for the past seven years.  

Professionally, I have worked in digital marketing and graphic design for over seven years. After I had graduated, I worked for a healthcare IT publishing company, and a couple of years later I went to work for an independent foster care agency.

My last role before becoming freelance was at an app start up. Last summer I set up my own company to work as a freelancer for a group of clients doing anything from marketing strategy to graphic design to building websites.

I began volunteering for Emmaus shortly after setting up my business in September 2016.

Being self-employed gave me the opportunity to dedicate enough time to regular volunteering. I love cooking, and I particularly love making food and meeting people, so working in the kitchen at Lambeth Assessment Centre was a great fit.

I enjoy volunteering for Emmaus, and I've met some wonderful people.

Freelancing can be lonely, and a lot of time sitting in front of a screen, so I genuinely look forward to my shifts each week.

It has honestly helped me through a very stressful and turbulent time in my life"

Many thanks to Iona for sharing her story!