Mar 7 2012
VOLUNTEERS from all walks of life are the stars of a new ‘how to’ film guide.
There are 10 how to film guides, starring the unsung heroes of Harrow, which were premiered by the council at the Civic Centre on Wednesday last week in a cinema-style setting, complete with popcorn and lots of applause.
Each short film clip offers guidance on how to get involved in your local community told by those who already give their time – from setting up a street party to running a parent support group.
Khalid O’Beirne, who appears in a film about how to be a young volunteer and worked for the council for a year on its vTalent scheme, said: “Volunteering for me means a lot because it has helped me to find my passion, which is youth work and charity work, and it has prepared me for the work environment.”
Mac Laubscher, from Belmont Circle Community Group, gave tips on how to organise a street part in the film, and said he has been organising events and street parties to bring his community together.
He said: “We wanted to introduce the local community to each other as we found local people didn’t know each other well and there was a new way to bring local people to the high street.”
The council has released 10 how to film guides and a directory of volunteers to try to get more people involved.
Some of the other volunteers giving advice are Eugene Callinan, who puts in many hours as a volunteer park warden in Kenton, and Dawn Carter, who does weekly shops for elderly people through Age UK Harrow.
Council leader Bill Stephenson said: “We have so many volunteers in Harrow but there are so many people who don’t know how to. There are also people who haven’t thought
about volunteering, but they will now.”
To see more videos go to http://www.harrow.gov.uk/howto