The scheme aims to provide volunteers for
a number of local causes and actively monitor
& manage the 'volunteer experience'
while transcending all affiliations to temples,
faith groups, youth groups, regional groups,
caste associations, companies and businesses.
first set of partner charities are:
Harrow Mencap - works with people with
Middlesex Association for the Blind -
help the visually impaired
Age Concern Harrow - lend a hand to the
Sansaar - teach Gujarati through pantomime
The Fryent Country Park (Barn Hill) Conservation
Project - protect the natural environment
Arup Ganguly, President of Sewa International
(North London), said: "The most valuable
commodity that people can donate to charity,
in this relentless world, is their time.
I find the willingness of our community
to give up their leisure time to help the
needy, quite frankly, humbling."
volunteers: "We value the time that
people want to give. To ensure that they
receive appropriate advice, we will brief
each volunteer individually with the aim
of understanding their background and motivation
in coming forward so that we are able to
pair them with a local group where we believe
a 'fit' exists."
Panesar, the face of the scheme, said:"Your
time - every minute, every hour, you give
makes a difference"
envisage this scheme expanding to include
other towns, cities, and we will also focus
on developing relationships with companies
who encourage volunteering as part of their
training & development programmes. Eventually,
we'd like to promote volunteering as a tool
to encourage development internationally
by providing opportunities overseas."
added Arup Ganguly.
further information, visit www.sewavolunteers.org