Sally’s Volunteer Case Study: 2021
Having worked all my life in a “full on” career, I never had time or even considered that I would be able to or love doing the volunteer role as much as I do. It is funny how life works out & and because I am not currently working and knowing the amount of help needed during this pandemic, I set out offering up my time.
I have been working at the vaccine centre in Reigate, the testing centre in Redhill & am a “befriender” for several people. I can honestly say that I love all 3 of the roles, they all vary, and I have met an enormous number of amazing people both the volunteers themselves, but also those who visit the vaccine & test centres. Even marshalling out in the cold has been fine if you are layered up and wearing several pairs of socks!
It was a special moment early this year at the Cannon site helping people to get their 1st vaccine and easy to forget that many of the people I met had been isolating for almost a year so were incredibly excited to be out and talking to us! That was so lovely.
It is fantastic working with other volunteers, and you become a “team” for that shift you are on. Everyone I meet has a story and I have loved talking & hearing about other people’s lives and how they have come to be exactly where I am. It has also helped me focus on what I want to do in my hunt for a new job & really shown me how amazing people can be if you just take the time to listen.
The Volunteer training, zoom workshops the trainers and support has been amazing, I would definitely recommend becoming a Volunteer if you can offer a few hours of your time.
Everything all sanitised cleaned & me ready to receive people post vaccination to sit for 15 minutes recovery, (& a chat!) 😊