Volunteers Week 2021: What’s it like to be a volunteer?

Volunteers Week 2021: What’s it like to be a volunteer?

To celebrate Volunteers’ Week 2021, we’d like to give a massive THANK YOU to our fabulous volunteers. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life gave their time to help SPEAR and made a huge difference to those experiencing homelessness in their communities.

Although new volunteer recruitment had to be put on hold throughout the Covid19 pandemic, over 138 existing volunteers from all walks of life gave over 2100 hours of their time to help SPEAR maintain services to their clients.

Interested in donating your time to help SPEAR address homelessness? Check out the latest opportunities HERE.

Hear what some of our volunteers say about their experiences.

Claire says:

I met the SPEAR team through my corporate partnership as part of my full time job. I was so impressed with the service that SPEAR offered that I decided to volunteer my personal time as well.

I’ve been lucky enough to support SPEAR as a volunteer driver collecting and delivering supermarket donations, a gardener, I did an outreach visit with the Kingston outreach team, I am a mentor and I have also helped with a client research project. These roles have given me a huge insight to the fantastic work SPEAR provide to the community and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the team. These volunteering roles keep me very busy given that I work full time!

David says:

I retired from teaching in the autumn of 2019, and in the years leading up to that point I had become increasingly aware of the number of people having to fend for themselves on the streets of Kingston. Now that I had time on my hands, I wanted to do something to help, something more than just putting my hand in my pocket, so I contacted SPEAR. Ever since, I’ve been doing a weekly food collection from the Sainsbury’s at St Clare’s in Hampton Hill, which involves stacking and delivering a car-load of food to the SPEAR Hub in Twickenham.

Last year, I became involved in the renovations at the Tollemache Almshouses in Ham – initially a large amount of clearance work, and more recently a variety of odd jobs, such as gardening and decorating. I also manned a phone for a client satisfaction survey, and have done a couple of individual food deliveries. I know from my own career that time is the most precious of commodities, and I would say to anyone who finds themselves with some on their hands to donate it. It’s good to make a difference, however small, and I’ve met a lot of new people, which has been fun. It’s been a win-win situation as far as I’m concerned.

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