#HCAVolunteers – Jane from Millman Street Community Centre

#HCAVolunteers – Jane from Millman Street Community Centre

 Jane hosts (alongside Gloria) a weekly knitting group at Millman Street on a Wednesday morning, plus doing some post-crocheting Ping Pong playing!  Here she shares what motivates her to volunteer.

“I have been volunteering with HCA for a couple of years. I lived in Lambs Conduit street for 24 years, so knew what they did here.   I was a trustee here for a while but decided to give it up because of my deafness.  

I volunteer each week helping to run the knitting group.  People come along and do different types of knitting for an hour.  I am in the process of making a cardigan and crocheting a shawl with one of the other members.  

I also play table tennis with some of the other members – I think we are fairly evenly matched in our ping pong skills!  We do it for about five or ten minutes – neither of us is very fit and it’s just a bit of fun. 

By coming to Millman Street it gets me out the flat, I like the people and I am very fond of the ladies who do the knitting.  I enjoy being with them.  

I remember when I trained to be a speech and language therapist years ago, one of the lecturers asked us ‘why do you want to be a therapist?’, most of the group said it was because they wanted to ‘do good’.  The lecturer replied ‘it’s important you get something good out of it for yourselves to’. I think that applies to me coming here – I think volunteering certainly does me good.”

To find out more about older people services follow this link. If you are interested in volunteering at HCA click here.




Following the advice set out by government on 16th March we have sadly taken the decision to close the majority of our activities for the moment.   Our care provision for members at Millman Street will continue for now.  Our Befriending Scheme will start linking people by phone
The following activities will cease as of today
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Gymnastics, Taekwondo and Ballet sessions
Pottery sessions
Daily Under 5’s sessions
Media Arts Club
Sport Meets Art
Creative Communications Sessions
Carers Art Group
Over 60’s pottery and creative writing
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Digital Storytelling
Make and Mend group
Like many of you we are thinking hard about how to support the community over the next few months.  We will be in touch with details of what our offer looks like, how you can help and how you can get help.  In the meantime you can also join local ward based whats app and facebook groups organising support – follow this link to see how you can help