Volunteer Giulia from Italy describes her experience volunteering with the Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre:
‘My name is Giulia Bruzzone, I have been volunteering with the Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Centre since August on my EVS (European Volunteer Service), part of Erasmus + and previously known as Youth In Action.
What I have been doing is helping the Volunteer Centre to organise some events. During the last few months I took part in the following:
- I helped to organize an events for young people with learning disabilities, “The AIM event: Action on Disability summer festival”
- I took part in Local council summer Playday event for children
- I helped my colleagues in another event called “Butts Farm” which was a community event
In all of these one off events I did a lot of creative stuff like face painting, t-shirt making and so on.
I recently began a new project, “Our Stories Our Voices”
: this project is about the refugee community that wants to tell traditional stories about their countries; and we are helping them to express themselves in writing and illustrating their stories. In the meantime I’m working to create a website and a blog to talk about and promote EVS projects.
Working for the Hammersmith and Fulham volunteer centre helped me to improve my English, my communication skills and helped me to know how to work in a team. But, first of all, working here is helping me to develop more confidence in myself.
I have realised doing an EVS project is a great opportunity for those who enjoy volunteering, helping people and meeting new people.