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Haringey volunteers get paid to help charities they love

11:00 14 April 2012

Vodafone Winner Michelle Sinden

Vodafone Winner Michelle Sinden

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Four people from Haringey will be giving back a little extra to the community over the next few months with the help of Vodafone.

Michelle Sinden, Samuel Patton, Angelica Salazar and Soloman Yisma were among 500 winners of the Vodafone World of Difference programme across the UK.

Through the venture, winners aged 18 and over will be paid to work with the charity of their choice for either two months full-time or four months part-time.

Ms Sinden is now working with Spitalfields City Farm, a community city farm promoting animal welfare, environmental stewardship, sustainable gardening and farming practices.

Mr Patton plumped for Football Action, which raises funds to provide football facilities, kits, equipment and coaching programmes in developing countries.

Ms Salazar is working for the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), a charity that gives Latin American women the tools to push for personal and social change.

Mr Yisma has decided to work for the Zelka Foundation, which supplies low cost-supported housing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

For Ms Sinden and Ms Salazar, both Harringay residents who were looking for paid work at the time while volunteering, the placements give them the financial security to keep doing what they loved.

Ms Sinden, 37, who found out she had won while on holiday in the United States, said: “Although I loved volunteering at the farm, it was becoming very clear to my family and myself that I really needed to have a bit more of an income.

“It was wonderful to be able to reassure my parents that when I returned to England, I was going to have funding to do the work that I loved.”

The Duckett Road resident – who is educated in ethnobotany – will be working part-time on the Sustainability & Traditional Knowledge Advocacy project.

It focuses primarily on “making sure all waste products are put to good use on the farm, such as promoting the usage of our manure in the farm’s gardens as well as community gardens”.

Ms Salazar, 33, of Woollaston Road, will be developing a business plan for LAWRS to become financially sustainable as their social enterprise co-ordinator,

She said: “I wanted to develop a professional career in marketing and communications and they needed someone as that.”

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