Our Volunteers: Zora

Zora Karanfilian is one of our most dedicated volunteers. He comes in twice a week, always with a smile and always ready to help. He’s exceptionally organised and neat person and a very quick learner. We love having him around and he’s a huge asset to the organisation and the community.

My name is Zora. I’m from London and I’ve been working as a volunteer at Hayashen for about four years now. I do a variety of tasks including: Scanning, filing and shredding, stamping envelopes and folding newsletters, sorting out books, magazines and newspapers and putting them in the right place, sometimes even helping with general cleaning.

In my spare time, I like to listen to music, mainly pop music. I also like to watch TV, help my dad with gardening and cleaning around the house.

I chose to volunteer at Hayashen because when I was a child, I would come to attend the playgroup sessions, so I know the organisation very well. Volunteering at Hayashen has also helped me to gain some experience of working in an office environment and at a library, as well as learn about Armenian culture.

I enjoy volunteering at Hayashen because I get to meet new people and the staff are very friendly. Tatevik who works in the library is always very helpful. The task I enjoy doing the most is sorting out books because it gives me the chance to show my organising skills and I get to see lots of different books. I would recommend Hayashen for anyone looking to do some volunteering – it’s a great place with lots of different jobs you can do and learn.

Coronavirus Notice


Our charity is working hard to respond to the changing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) related issues. We do our best to continue to provide our services for our members and the Armenian community at large and ask for your patience during this challenging time.

Our staff and volunteers are working hard to continue supporting you in the best way that we can, whilst also staying on top of reducing risk of spreading infection and supporting our colleague who may be more at risk.

However, due to the current situation and in the best interest of all of us, we had to make some changes to our normal services. Starting from Monday 16 March 2020, all our services including the face-to-face advice work, the Parents & Toddlers Group, the English classes, Library, the elders lunch club and the youth club are suspended until further notice.

We ask that anyone experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate due to being exposed to someone with coronavirus, does not attend Hayashen until further notice and call NHS 111 for advice.

However, as we wish to support you as best as we can, our advice work continues by telephone, email and online. You may contact us on 020 89924621 or use our website (www.caia.org.uk) to leave an enquiry or email us on info@caia.org.uk

Please let us know what other forms of communication are available to you, such as Whatsapp, Viber, Messenger etc.

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The main symptoms of Coronavirus are high fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of or changes in your normal sense of smell or taste, but for full details, including Government guidelines and precautions you should take, please search for “Coronavirus” on the following Government and NHS websites.




If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you.

Misak Ohanian (CEO) & CAIA Board of Directors.           20 June 2020