We were lucky enough to have a visit to our office in Kentish Town from the Mayor of Camden, Larraine Revah and Deputy Lieutenant for Camden, Sir Ian Johnston.
Both were involved in the Camden 50 volunteering awards celebration in November of 2015, which celebrated 50 years of Camden as a borough as well as the amazing contribution that volunteers make across Camden.
The visit was relaxed and informal and the Mayor at Sir Ian had time to meet all of us (paid staff, volunteers and trustees), as well as a couple of volunteers from Age UK Camden – and a few extra visitors from Camden Community Law Centre and Camden Citizen’s Advice Bureaux (Kentish Town), who share the building with us and the lovely Sammy from Clean Break.
* Just a bit of background about Sir Ian’s role as Camden’s Deputy Lieutenant. Deputy Lieutenants are nominated by the Lord Lieutenant (who is appointed by the Queen).
Deputies represent the Lord Lieutenant in his or her absence, including at local ceremonies and official events, from opening exhibitions to inductions of vicars (as requested by the Church of England). Sir Ian Johnston was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough of Camden on 1 January 2008.
It was really nice to have the time to have a chat about all that we do for volunteering in Camden, and for volunteers to be able to chat about what they give and gain through their volunteering.
Camden is a much better place through their contribution – and long may it continue.
A big thanks also to Frances Connelly (Volunteering, Giving and Exchange Officer at Camden Council) and Caroline Bartram (Mayor’s office) for arranging the visit, and for thinking of us. Thanks too to our wonderful photographer Kevan for once again giving us his time and excellent photography skills. 🙂
And finally, we are planning the next volunteering awards ceremony and celebration later this year. Watch this space for details!