I’ve been driving for the Volunteer Centre for 16 years and absolutely love it. As a driver you meet some really good characters and nice people. I’m helping them and they are helping me as I have to be doing something with my time otherwise I get restless and stressed out at home.
At the initial interview, the Volunteer Centre adviser was great, providing information about all the possible opportunities she thought would match my interests. My details were passed to my chosen organisation and, although I was advised that it might take a few days before they would call me, the referral process exceeded my expectations as the manager called me almost the same day and we got a date arranged to meet up right away. I am delighted with my new volunteering role.
We know what fantastic work you do within the community and if this donation helps that to continue we will all be delighted.
Dear Donna, I’m writing on behalf of the Bishampton Gardening Club to say a big thank you for hiring us the bus for our Open Gardens last Sunday. It makes a huge difference to have some transport and all the visitors who used it were very appreciative.
I was delighted to meet Annie your volunteer driver and we are very grateful to her for giving up a large part of the Sunday to drive the bus. Everyone I spoke to said she was so helpful and reliable. We were delighted with the number of people who visited the gardens on a very hot day! Although we don’t have all the final figures in yet we should be able to make generous donations to our charities. Once again many thanks for your help and we look forward to receiving your bill in due course.
Once again, we are very appreciative of the work you and your volunteers do.
I retired at 67 in December 2015 and was determined to keep active. I visited the Volunteer Centre at Pershore and they made me very welcome. In an interview, the advisor gained background info from me and offered eight written ‘job descriptions’ which helped me decide. I selected Age UK and their Home from Hospital Service.
This is for people just discharged after an operation who need help at home. They receive a weekly visit (two hours) for six weeks. The roles carried out could be shopping, cleaning, trips to outpatients/pharmacy etc. I received excellent training from Age UK and all my fuel paid. All in all, very rewarding and the Clients were genuinely very grateful. I have since taken on another volunteering role as a Trustee. I strongly recommend volunteering to get you out and about and active, in a worthwhile way.
The volunteer recruitment process exceeded my expectations and they found me a brilliant place to volunteer.
I enjoy being a volunteer and of use to people. Volunteering is a lovely way to put something back into the community.
The attached cheque is a gift from my late mother who so enjoyed the many years she was a member of the (previous) Wednesday lunch club. After my father died, it was a lifeline for her and enabled her to make many valued friends. She was so sad when her increasing immobility prevented her going there any longer and really missed it during the last year or so of her life. The recent move to St Andrews Community Centre as our new Lunch Club venue makes it possible for people with limited mobility to attend.
My volunteer experience enabled me to practice my Microsoft Office skills and increased my confidence, which helped me to learn new skills and return to work. I appreciated being consulted on how to assist with change and enjoyed working within a very upbeat fantastic office team.