'Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud' Maya Angelou
Project Founder - Single Parent - E9 resident for 28yrs - multi-award winner - retired business owner - MA in Youth & Community - 20+ yrs of voluntary experience - day job Community Development Officer for Volunteer Centre Hackney - academic focus on Child Poverty - Part of LB Hackney's Researcher Team for new Health & Wellbeing & Climate Change Strategies (2022-2026)
'I can't raise salaries or lower living costs, and I can't save the world from the disposable lifestyle we've become accustomed to. However, I am very proud that The Community Closet can, and is, helping to tackle the correct challenges for our local community in Hackney. Every week I am reminded of why I started the project in the first place.' (KB, 2022)
Lead Volunteer - lifetime Hackney resident - E9 based - parent - chief of logistics at The Closet - 20+ yrs career in Catering & Event Management - MSc in Business Management
'I volunteer at The Closet because it's an amazing project that caters to all family demographics in our local community. I have seen first hand the positive impact we have locally' (NF, 2022)
Volunteer - Mum to 3 - Dalston resident - helps with collection & distribution of donations - studying part-time at college.
'I wanted to volunteer at The Closet because I had used the service & saw not just how much it helps people but also the kindness of the donors & other volunteers is amazing. I am just trying to make a small difference by doing my bit!' (ZA, 2022)
Trustee - E2 resident for 13 years - Parent - Support Worker at Guys and St Thomas's Hospital Amputee Rehabilitation Unit
'I am proud to volunteer with The Closet as it supports both local families & also the less privileged children at Seek Life Charity School in Ghana by donating books, clothes, uniform, toys etc.' (FE, 2022)
Trustee - Parent to one - Award winning documentary filmmaker and journalist working at the crossroads of art and journalism - grew up in America with political refugee parents - strong understanding of the nuances around need and resources.
' The Closet is a grass-roots and independent network of people who look out for and empower each other, which sets them aside from conventional charities' (LB, 2022)
Trustee - Community Activist - Mum to 5 - Early Years Educator - Hackney resident - Passionate about empowering & motivating others
'I enjoy volunteering with The Closet because of the positivity it generates - no matter the background or circumstance, everyone is welcome at The Closet. My life motto is 'Ubuntu' - it means I am with others, therefore I am.' (AT, 2022)