Wed, June 06, 2018
This week is Volunteers' Week: a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK every day. Here at Castlehaven we are lucky to have a whole host of volunteers working across our different programmes and, via our Helping Hands scheme, out in the local community! This week we'll be sharing some of their stories - we hope they'll inspire you to get started on a volunteering journey of your own!
Today's volunteering superstar is Chris! Chris started volunteering at Castlehaven about a year ago, initially helping with the Ageactivity birthday party before getting involved with our Holy Trinity reading project (reading with local children in a local primary school) and running the Ageactivity 60+ film club.
Chris got involved in volunteering after losing her mother and husband in the same year, as she wanted something to fill her time and thought it would be a good way to take her mind off things. She also wanted to share the knowledge and experience she had gained throughout her life, whilst in turn seeing it as an opportunity to learn and grow further. It also gave her an opportunity to share her excellent tea making skills!
One of Chris's favourite things about volunteering at Castlehaven is the environment. “The people at Castlehaven are all very nice. Hannah and Rosa, who are the heads of the 60+ programme, have set up the programme so nicely. They work very hard to be inclusive. There’s always a family feeling that makes you feel immediately part of the family, no matter how long you’ve been part of that community. You can always go into the building at any time even if there are no activities for the day, we can just stop by to say hi.”
Volunteering with the Helping Hands reading project has been such a positive experience for Chris, that it's motivated her to look into further volunteering opportunities. “Volunteering at the reading project is superb! At Castlehaven you can come and go as you want. You can come in and be part of the family... It's important to have that connection.“
And her advice for those who are considering volunteering? “It is very important to think about how you want to contribute. Don’t do things that you don’t like to do. Do what you like to do and go for it.”
Thanks for all your help and kind words Chris! For more information on volunteering at CCA email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7485 3386