20 December 2013 | News and features | Back to Blog

Guardian Spotlight: Helin

Helin Taylor

This month we’re celebrating the work of Helin, her versatility of approach to volunteering, and some of the great projects she helps support.

Helen says: “Since becoming a guardian, I’ve been involved with lots of different charities, all very different, involving lots of work – but so rewarding!

I regularly volunteer at Stepney City Farm – just around the corner from the estate I live on. I’m mostly in the cafe and have been since it opened. It’s such a fantastic place for locals and a great hub of the community. It really is lovely to see that same faces each week and everyone at the farm appreciates us and looks after us really well too!

Also, this month one of our fellow guardians asked me to help out with a charity ball she was running, in aid of the Darjeeling Children’s Trust. I worked alongside other guardians, and it was an incredible success, as together we made over £22,000 for the trust!

The other project I’ve involved with is called Filanthropy, which was set up by myself and a group of volunteers. It’s aimed at getting young people like ourselves more involved with giving to charity on a more direct level. We organise events/parties where charities that have been selected by our panel are able to pitch for funding and the crowd of young philanthropists can then choose who their money goes to. Its affordable and we make sure you have a fun evening at the same time. Often we have live music, spoken word, dance and any number of things that we can think of to keep everyone entertained! Do check out our website to find out more, and come along to the next event!”