JLL Activates Spring 2009 New Member Class

20 May 2009

47 New Members of Junior League of London Complete Volunteer Training Program

The Junior League of London (JLL) is proud to announce that 47 new members of Junior League of London have completed their volunteer training program.  The new members include American, Brazilian, Norwegian, and British women with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.  The women, aged 23-40, have come together to make an impact in the London community.

New Member Chair Lisa Bajardi says “At the start of the League year, we were trying to manage our expectations in the face of the global financial crisis and there was a concern that it would be more challenging to engage new volunteers.  What a joy to have a record-breaking class of proactive, intelligent, and diverse women make the choice to join us.  They have been a wealth of fresh ideas and with so many new and exciting happenings in the League – the new focus, the new committees, our 25th anniversary celebration – I am confident that they are a great group of women to take the organisation to new levels.”

These new members have already been busy making an impact on their community and contributing to the growth of the organisation.  The new members worked together this Spring with Eaves Women’s Aid to host an afternoon of fun for  over 50 women and children escaping domestic violence.  The day included manicures and magazines for the mums and crafts and games like cake decorating, picture frame making, and shirt painting.

Recently the JLL new members gave a fresh look to the often-used crèche at the Cardinal Hume Centre through the painting of creative murals.  The Cardinal Hume Centre works with young people, badly housed families, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, helping them to obtain employment and to break out of the cycle of homelessness and social exclusion.

About the Junior League of London

The Junior League of London is a UK registered charity comprised of women committed to promoting voluntary service, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. A member of the Association of Junior Leagues International and active in London since 1978, the JLL has over 400 volunteer members who provide more than 20,000 hours of service to the community each year through dedicated programmes that break the cycle of poverty through education and employment. The JLL raises funds through an annual Christmas fair Boutique de Noel (12-13 November 2008), a book for recent arrivals to the capital called Living in London, a week-long shopping event in the Spring (4-28 March 2010) called London Spree, corporate giving, grants, donations, annual fund and members’ dues.

To learn more about the Junior League and its community projects, to buy tickets to Boutique de Noel in 2009 or a 2010 London Spree Card, to purchase a copy of Living in London, or to find out about the JLL’s next New Members’ Course for volunteers – visit or phone the Junior League office on 020 7499 8159.

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