#HCAVolunteers – Stephanie, Admin Marketing Volunteer

#HCAVolunteers – Stephanie, Admin Marketing Volunteer

Stephanie is a local UCL student and found out about our volunteering opportunities at HCA via the UCL Student Union website.  

“I am a volunteer admin assistant to Elly the Marketing Co-ordinator at HCA and I have been volunteering a few months now since March 2019 for half a day a week.   

I am currently studying a postgraduate Pharmaceutics at UCL and wanted to gain experience in marketing and communications.  English is my second language and I thought getting real-life experience was a good idea! It appealed to me giving back to a local charity as my major is related to health care.  I liked the idea of helping to promote HCA’s activities and sessions for all ages.

I have learnt different skills in the office like sending emails, scanning, data entry and how to answer the phone.  I also published Facebook events which was interesting as we don’t have Facebook in China. It was a new experience for me to learn about the UK’s social media platforms. 

It’s been nice working in an office with different types of people and having real-life challenges to solve – when I am studying I am just learning information.  Here I have learnt to pay attention to detail and to use my initiative to find a solution to a problem, like when I am trying to work the scanner!

I studied my undergraduate in Beijing which is a much bigger city than London.  I really enjoy the city and its architecture and being able to visit Europe so easily.  I love going to the theatre and musicals too. Although I still like eating in Chinatown sometimes to remind me of home!”   

If you are a UCL student head to the Student Unions’ website for more info on volunteering or click here to discover more volunteering opportunities at HCA.




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