Kind sponsor the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019
Published 1 March 2019
Kind & Company Is Cementing Its Position As One Of Waltham Forest’s Significant Employers By Becoming A Key Partner And Co-Sponsor Of The London Borough Of Culture ‘Legends Of The Forest’ Volunteer Programme For This High-Profile Year Long Event.
As a company we are aware of our position in the local community and see this as a major opportunity to raise our profile in our home borough. By focusing on the volunteering aspect, we believe Kind & Company can contribute to developing the skills base within the borough and build productive relationships that can help us expand on our own heritage.
‘Legends of the Forest’ will be the beating heart of Waltham Forest’s year as the London Borough of Culture: it will be a vital component in delivering the year and embedding a strong legacy. The ambitious and multi-layered volunteering programme will seek to increase the rate of volunteering and civic participation in the borough during 2019 and beyond. It will form bonds between recent and established communities, build social prosperity and tackle exclusion.
The impacts of this year as the first London Borough of Culture will be seen and felt well beyond 2019. Waltham Forest’s lasting legacy from the LBoC 2019 will be to integrate cultural activity in all areas of borough life and put Waltham Forest on the map both in London and the UK. It will improve life chances for residents through culture by encouraging them to participate in civic and community life and to take part in career-developing opportunities.
The event offers three strands that allow all those wishing to volunteer to best utilise their time, skills and interests:
Skills development: opportunities that develop key skills and experience, helping people to fulfil aspirations and develop their careers. These volunteers will receive more specific training, delivered by the host organisations. Opportunities will be targeted at young and unemployed people, and there will be links to Adult Learning Service and Employability services. Roles might include assistant stage managers, volunteer supervisors, communications support and opportunities that are linked to apprenticeships.
Happy to help: volunteering opportunities that everyone in the borough can get involved in, e.g. stewards, way-finders, community gardeners. All volunteers will receive basic training about the borough and the LBoC programme, as well as customer service, communication skills, security, and diversity and accessibility awareness.
Providing expertise: individuals and employee teams will donate time and expertise to support creative businesses linked to the LBoC programme through an employee volunteering scheme. This may include accountancy, PR or social media support, as well as mentoring.
This year of vibrant events launches over the weekend of the 11th-13th January with two free events: WELCOME TO THE FOREST, a massive audio-visual presentation on the facade of Waltham Forest Town Hall and laser display NEST, in Lloyd Park. Everyone is welcome.
Full details of the these and other events throughout the year are available via the following links: