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Angela Jewell is part of the Camden Giving Advisory Group, here Angela tells us of the transformation of Kings Cross.

I have been involved in the regeneration project at King’s Cross since 2008 and during my early days here, I spent a lot of time meeting local groups and getting to know the local area. I was struck by how much was going on; parenting groups, job clubs, schools partnerships, environmental initiatives, to name but a few. It was impressive and inspiring to see so much activity devoted to the local area, much of it driven by passionate local volunteers.

As the King’s Cross area has changed over the last decade, we have seen new buildings emerge, old buildings given a new lease of life and an emerging businesses community move in. It has been incredibly satisfying for me to see a new ‘place’ take shape and to see spaces like Granary Square become an urban beach in the summer!

For me there is a challenge, but also a great opportunity to be grasped in integrating the new communities here. I think the legacy of change for King’s Cross and Camden should be a new, more dynamic relationship between local business and the community. Through connecting business and charities we should see more employment and training opportunities and support for local charities via volunteering and skills sharing. I believe that if we can continue to make those new connections then these opportunities will be open to a wider range of people and that will be a truly successful outcome for the regeneration.

Over the years I’ve discussed with many people, ‘how do you build a community’? A better way to approach this question, I think is to consider creating the right conditions that bring together different parts of the community. You can’t force a community into being, but I do believe you can keep finding different ways to bring people together to help forge lasting and impactful connections.

That’s why I think that Camden Giving represents such a great opportunity for the local area. For businesses it can help them connect at a real grassroots level to the local area and help them understand how they can utilise the skills and energy of their workforce to effect real change. I’m really proud to be involved with Camden Giving and have seen it in a very short time become a really valued local asset. I can’t wait to see what can be achieved as those connections between the community and business deepen!

If you would like to be involved in the regeneration of Camden, you can get involved by becoming a Trustee or Grants Panelist for Camden Giving, for more details visit Jobs and if you need further information Contact Admin@camdengiving.org.uk. 

URBAN COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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 IN THIS BLOG URBAN COMMUNITY PROJECTS GIVE AN INTRODUCTION ABOUT THEIR FOOD BANK PROJECT AND THEIR VOLUNTEERS SPEAK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE.  

As well as our food bank, we provide training for disadvantaged communities, which Camden Giving has supported us with, it has been very beneficial for many people; in isolation, who faced drastic changes and who are unemployed. 

This year we’ve been building an army! An army of young, gifted and creative minds who really want to give something back. An army, who want to make something of their lives and really make a difference. 

Introducing our Volunteers Autumn & Josh:

My food bank journey.

Autumn:

I’ll make it short and sweet how did I know about the food bank, well last year my family and I had to use it. So… depressing when you realise how rubbish your life is. But one thing mum has taught us (my sister and I) is we’re not victims. I told myself that every time I placed tinned veg into a bag.

One day... “Why don’t you come and help us out” said Rasheeda, who does everything cooking and training. “What do I need to do?” Rah why did I say that I thought, can I really commit? Ok that was cop out, it wasn’t like I was doing much anyway. Mum runs the cheer-leading club on Saturdays, I go there sometimes to take part, but most of the time I am just playing on my phone. The food bank is literally opposite the hall, I really didn’t have any excuses did I?

So for the next 3 months after our conversation, I opened the food bank, made sure it was stocked and gave food out to people who are basically just like me. It makes me upset, the fact that they have to use it. But at least I was helping them, well me and my boyfriend, he helped too.

UPDATE: we broke up!

Josh:

Ok so, I only joined the project to see if I could get my CSCS card renewed. I know that’s bad, but let’s just say I was kinda desperate to change my life. I actually was one of the original volunteers that helped set up the food bank. I’m working part time on the estate but I wanted to get back into construction work. That’s how I got the training and first card. But it needed renewing and I didn’t have the funds. No card no work basically. After 12 weeks, I finished the CSCS training, I am currently waiting for my results, hopefully I’ve passed and can get a job that I actually like.

And I actually didn’t mind volunteering not gonna lie, it didn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but I actually loved meeting people.

 

Urban Community Projects are funded by the Camden Giving's KX Fund. This fund will re-open in April 2018, to keep up-to-date with our funding opportunities join our mailing list by emailing admin@camdengiving.org.uk

Meet Helina

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Helina Tadesse is an Apprentice Grants Coordinator for Camden Giving, here she talks about her first week as an Apprentice and what motivated her to work for Camden Giving.

I am here at Camden Giving, as an Apprentice Grants Coordinator. Camden Giving is all about trying to make Camden the best it can be, by funding and supporting projects that focus on making Camden a fairer borough for everyone. 

Camden is my home, I’ve lived here since I was 8 years old; I wanted to work for this organisation because I am passionate about helping the people of Camden. I love Camden because it's a place where people can feel comfortable in their skin, regardless of gender, race, background or age. Working for Camden Giving, means I get to be practical and successful at reaching out to support people: who are in isolation, who have faced drastic changes and who are unemployed. From my perspective, Camden Giving is a very enthusiastic, conscientious and diverse organisation. In addition, I believe that Camden Giving has grown extremely fast and will continue to flourish. This means that we can reach out to more people and help them.

Camden Giving is a new and small, but growing organisation. Over 50% of my generation want to start their own businesses; myself included. Working for Camden giving allows me to experience the independence and creativity of a start-up.

In the first week of working for Camden Giving, the main focus was trying to set up the office, updating our social media, understanding our stats and values as a team. From the first week I had a clear understanding of how we are a very strong, efficient and tactical team. The highlight of the week was the Google training I attended; I learnt how to present well in many different styles. I have also visited some of the projects we supported and met some of the businesses that support our work.

What I want is to: encourage the people of Camden to work together to help each other, ensure everyone in Camden are listened to and are supported appropriately. This will make sure that Camden is making excellent progress as a borough.

If you want to find out more about what Camden Giving is up to, you can join our mailing list by emailing me helina@camdengiving.org.uk