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Volunteering Week (1-7 June 2021)

Today (1st June 2021), marks the start of Volunteers’ Week – a time to say a big thank you for the contributions millions of people make across the UK through volunteering, especially during the pandemic. Not only does volunteering make a huge difference to communities, but also to organisations such as ours. For over 25 years, Volunteering at LHA London forms a huge part of our continued success and the

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The Great Escape Back to London

With university closures, the shift to remote working, job losses and furloughs – the current pandemic has meant thousands of young people were forced to leave London last year to return to their parental home. Although lots of young people moved home out of choice to enjoy lockdown in a bigger house, with outdoor space and with their families, many have since lost their jobs and now find themselves trying

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It’s ALL about the Experience!

Young apprentices can be some of the most dedicated workers, bringing fresh perspectives and new skill sets into the workforce. Not only do they provide opportunities for employers to ‘grow their own’ and develop a crucial talent pipeline for businesses, but they can also strengthen and diversify the workforce. As National Apprenticeship Week 2021 (8-14 February) gets underway, which aims to shine a light on the amazing work being done

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Meet the Volunteers – Laura

Name: Laura Age: 30 Country of Origin: France Hostel Manager at Railton House (Paddington) What brought you to London? When I first came to the UK, my aim was to stay for a short period of time. It has now been 10 YEARS. I am living in this amazing, cosmopolitan city and I feel very lucky. Why did you volunteer at LHA? I was so determined to improve my English

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Meet the Volunteers – Sonia

Name: Sonia Volunteer at Davies Court (Canary Wharf) What brought you to London? I came to London to complete my masters degree at Glasgow Caledonian University. Upon completion of my degree, I decided to stay and settle in London. How long have you been living here? I joined LHA London in September 2019. I was a resident first and subsequently returned as a volunteer. How did you hear about LHA

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Meet the Volunteers – Ezequiel

Name: Ezequiel Age: 23 Country of Origin: Spain Volunteer at Railton House (Paddington) What brought you to London? To have a new experience, improve my English and meet new people. How long have you been living here? For one month. How did you hear about LHA and volunteering? Through a friend. Describe a typical ‘day in the life of a volunteer’ at LHA? My duties are for 20 hours a week and

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Meet the Volunteers – Giuseppe

Name: Giuseppe Age: 23 Country of Origin: Italy Volunteer at Railton House (Paddington) What brought you to London? I came to London because I consider it to be the ‘city of opportunities’ – you can become whatever you want. How long have you been living here? Before moving, I took several holidays here. Now I have been living here for one month and I really feel at home. How did

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Meet the Volunteers – Iberia

Name: Iberia Age: 27 Country of Origin: Spain Volunteer at Torquay House (Royal Oak) What brought you to London? London is a very lively and cosmopolitan city – full of things to do and see. I have always loved this city and decided to come here to have a new experience in my life, explore a new culture and improve my English – which is almost the universal language! How

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Meet the Volunteers – Matteo

Name: Matteo Age: 28 Country of Origin: Italy Volunteer at Railton House (Paddington) What brought you to London? Sometimes you know when it’s time to move on. When my company decided not to renew my contract (because of COVID-19), I realised that it was the right time to leave my country. Because of LHA London, the city has allowed me to develop myself personally and professionally. I can meet new

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The Feel-Good Factor of Volunteering

Many of us know that volunteering is a great way to gain new skills and experience, meet new people and make a difference to local communities. It’s also a brilliant opportunity to explore a new country or city. Take for example, LHA London’s volunteering programme which has provided the first stepping stone for many young people from all around the world to build a base in London. British Citizens, EU

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