Our Development Officer Lynsey caught the volunteering bug back in 2013 and, because of this, when she returned to the workplace after a lengthy period caring for her children at home, she started working in the third sector.
She told us, “My first time volunteering came about because of a particular interest I had at the time when my children were very little, it really helped that when I was volunteering I could have a baby in arms (and often a toddler in tow as well!) with me. This introduced to me the idea that volunteering can, and should, be inclusive and that a welcoming and flexible attitude to involving volunteers makes a huge difference to people who want to get involved.
“Currently I do a couple of volunteer roles locally, one helping to run a weekly activity group for children in my local area and the other being a Board member for another local organisation, although both roles are looking very different right now due to COVID restrictions.
“Volunteering is important to me, when you have children and a full-time job it can be difficult to help and organise in your community but when you volunteer, you vote with your feet about what support, services and activities are important.”