Above, L-R: Anjna Khurana, Labour councillor for Tollington and former SLT volunteer; Robert Stuart, Development Officer; Ahmed Qazi, Volunteer Co-ordinator; Hannah Kalmanowitz, Chief Executive; Robin King, Trustee, and John Thompson, Chair of Trustees.
Staff and trustees expressed their gratitude to a record roster of over 60 volunteers at the Stuart Low Trust’s Annual Celebration and Outstanding Volunteer Awards at Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre, Islington on Friday 6 July.
Mouth-watering canapés were provided by Angel Deli, Chapel Market. Following speeches by SLT’s new Chair of Trustees, John Thompson, and Labour councillor for Tollington – and former SLT volunteer – Anjna Khurana, SLT Trustees distributed Outstanding Volunteer certificates.
The formalities were followed by exuberant entertainment from ukulele group Katie’s Jumping Fleas – themselves recipients of a volunteer award by dint of their previous performances for SLT during the year.
“The event went brilliantly,” said SLT Chief Executive Hannah Kalmanowitz. “It was a chance for all of our Trustees to thank our entire team of volunteers. We’re all part of a team here and we feel part of a big family.”
As well as our flagship Friday Evening Event, SLT’s regular activities include: Saturday Project workshops, featuring gentle exercise, mindfulness, relaxation and social skills; a choir; art workshops; a philosophy discussion forum; a gardening project, and regular outings.
With a part-time staff of just three we are reliant on our volunteers to assist at, or in some cases run, our events, which in total cater to around 200 participants each month.
“We have a lot of activities going on all the time,” Hannah added. “Particularly on evenings and at weekends. We’d like to be able to do even more. With a growing demand for volunteers, a lot of participants successfully become volunteers after the relevant training and support.”
Find out how to become a Stuart Low Trust volunteer here.