HOW DID YOU START VOLUNTEERING?
I have volunteered across many organisations since 2009. Sometimes I seek opportunities on social media or through word of mouth. Other times as is the case with Kirklees Visual Impairment Network I first attended as a service user and then wanted to get more involved.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER?
In lockdown I am only volunteering for Kirklees Visual Impairment Network [KVIN], but I also normally volunteer for Junior Parkrun, the RNIB and Guide Dogs. At KVIN I am involved with giving peer and tech support to service users who like me are living with sight loss. I am also involved with promoting the services we offer via the charities social media platforms. Normally I encourage service users to get involved with the support sessions. Now in lockdown the focus is still on peer support but instead this is now based around some one to one phone calls, WhatsApp groups and virtual zoom chat sessions.
Definitely the biggest plus for me is the people you meet. Many of my fellow volunteers and service users I now consider to be good friends, Volunteering also gives me an opportunity to up skill and fill my CV with up to date experience.