Mar 16 2012 By David Baker
ONE of the stars of a new film guide to voluntary work has urged people to do their bit for the community – even ‘a couple of hours a week’.
For just over a year, Dawn Carter has been dedicating this amount of time after her full-time job to help elderly people with their shopping, through Age UK Harrow.
Miss Carter, from South Harrow is one of 10 people who are part of the Harrow Council-led film, which is being used to get more people into voluntary work.
Although she volunteered at an animal shelter as a teenager, it is the first time in several years the 30-year-old has set aside time for unpaid work. Anyone can do it, she says.
“At the moment, I do more than 40 hours a week at work, but I think most people can set aside a couple of hours to do their bit,” she added.
“I just thought that, rather than going shopping of an evening or going home to watch rubbish on television, I would do something to help.
“Over the past year, the woman that I help and I have built up a friendship. Volunteering by no means feels like a chore when it is something that you enjoy. Just being there to help her carry her shopping, or so that she has some company makes a big difference.”
Miss Carter says she finds watching the film a bit ‘cringe-worthy’ but was happy to encourage more people to get involved.
She added: “I think anything that makes it easier for people to get into voluntary work is a great idea. People sometimes just don’t know how to go about getting involved, or think they just don’t have the time.”
You can view Dawn’s how-to guide here: