Tell us a bit about yourself
I retired from full-time employment as a Legal Executive a few years ago and since then I have enjoyed working part-time, caring for my family and volunteering with my local church and Carers in Herts. To keep fit I have enjoyed aqua aerobics and walking for many years but because of the pandemic I have recently started Pilates and Yoga on-line courses.
What do you do within your volunteering role/roles?
I make “Keep in Touch” calls to Carers for Carers in Herts. I have also trained as a mentor for Carers in Herts and find mentoring very rewarding.
How long have you been a volunteer?
I have helped to run a community café for the church and volunteered in various capacities for Carers in Herts for a number of years.
Why did you decide to start volunteering?
I used to spend two days a week with my grandchildren but that has not been possible during the pandemic. I missed not seeing the little ones and socialising with my friends so in April last year I decided to offer my time to make “Keep in Touch” calls for Carers in Herts. I have lots of experience of telephone work and interviewing people so it is the ideal role for me.
Why would you recommend volunteering to others?
I get a lot of satisfaction using the skills and experience from my working career for the benefit of others. I would recommend volunteering to anyone with time on their hands as it is extremely satisfying and worthwhile.
Is there anything you’ve been doing specifically relating to or because of Coronavirus that you’d like to tell us about?
The last year has been very challenging for everyone, albeit maybe in different ways. I am fortunate to have skills and experience from the workplace that I can share with others and will continue to offer my support and encourage others where I can.