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Volunteer stories: Adam Mahmood

I was initially invited to volunteer for a local charity, The Health Risks Prevention Project, by a local doctor, which included various diabetes awareness schemes throughout North and East London.

This led to direct contact with Diabetes UK and official Newham Community Champion status in June 2012. I subsequently ran health stands at venues including schools, workplaces, clinics and community centres, including a presentation throughout Newham and other London boroughs.

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Adam Mahmood

 

I greatly enjoyed the experiences. I delved into a couple Roadshows (Wood Green and Hillingdon) in the autumn of  2012, leading to a desire and actual completion of Risk Assessor training, which I thoroughly utilised throughout 2013 via risk assessing as many members of the public as required in order to attain targets set by DUK staff members.

For the aforementioned, I assisted at every roadshow in London in 2013, almost without exception for both days, save when volunteering at further events and refreshed my training at DUK London Headquarters when recommended.

I greatly appreciated the tremendous wealth of experiences in interacting with London’s varied communities such as assessing clients during Black History month throughout October 2012, and collaborating with The British Heart Foundation for a couple of days at the Afro-Caribbean Hair and Beauty Exhibition, and on average attended one event per month.

As a result of the above, I decided to complete various training programmes with Haringey Public Health in order to deliver health awareness sessions throughout the borough as a Haringey Health Champion, enhancing the importance of collaboration with Diabetes UK.

I was heavily inspired by being awarded as the outstanding male Newham Community Health Champion 2012 and furthermore wish to incorporate my teacher training skills and materials provided by Diabetes UK in delivering future public speaking events within the Speaker Scheme.

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