I have been volunteering for SPEAR since around 2013. Originally, I joined when the organisation planned to start reading tuition in conjunction with Richmond College. When this unfortunately did not get off the ground, SPEAR’s then-Volunteer Coordinator, Julie, asked me if I’d like to get involved in anything else the Charity might need help with. Consequently, I started a volunteer befriending role, supporting a client via face-to-face outings for coffee or walks, or over the phone. Since then, I volunteered once a week on Reception at Penny Wade House for some time, and helped with several other initiatives on an ad-hoc basis, the most recent being the Health and Wellbeing day held at The Exchange in Twickenham last week.
If you’ve never worked in the charity or social service sector as I hadn’t, getting involved with SPEAR gives you an insight into a very different world, something I have really valued. And although you’re involved in a charity looking after a group of people whose lives are usually challenging and uncertain, it’s often good fun, and always interesting.
Thanks Catherine for all your help. If you’re interested in volunteering with SPEAR, take a look at the latest opportunities – www.spearlondon.org/get-involved/be-a-volunteer/