Exciting new project!

Could you help in an Emergency? If so, please read on and register your interest.

A new and innovative emergency response and recovery volunteer team has launched in the London Boroughs of Camden and Hammersmith & Fulham, which will enable local people, businesses and organisations with relevant skills, experience and donations of items and space to be able to help in a time of an emergency.

The experience of the Grenfell tragedy and the Chalcots Estate evacuation showed that there was a surplus of people with useful skills and experience, e.g. Counselling, who offered to volunteer but were not allowed to help as they were not known by the local authority dealing with the situation. Therefore, people who live and work close to an emergency who want to offer useful assistance are not usually given an opportunity to help as they are not known to the local authority and there is no time during an emergency to vet their skills and check credentials.

To rectify this, the new CAMERA (Coordinating And Mobilising Emergency Response Activists) Emergency Response & Recovery Volunteer initiative, delivered by two charities Volunteer Centre Camden (VCC) and Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre (HFVC), will enable local people who have useful skills and experience to be known and trusted to the local authority and so can be called upon in the time of an emergency.

We are now asking for expressions of interest from local people who live or work in Camden and/or Hammersmith & Fulham who would be interested in volunteering in an emergency. We also want to know what skills and experience you have that could help people being affected by an emergency, as well as items or space that would be useful in the event of an emergency. 

We will soon announce dates for our info sessions which will let you know about us, the project and the volunteering itself. 

Click on Next button below to begin registering your interest, or to let us know your ideas for the Response & Recovery Volunteer Team. The short questionnaire will take about five minutes to complete.

If you have any questions about this new project or want to know more before expressing an interest, please email us on camera@volunteercentrecamden.org.uk.

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