Volunteering stories

HelpForce’s volunteering vision

Imagine a time when you are a frequent visitor to hospital. Your health isn’t what it was. You’re frustrated by needing support to overcome some of your physical shortcomings. Your children, who live abroad, aren’t...

Posted 04 Jun 2018

Volunteering with a disability

I had been volunteering at the visitor’s centre in a prison for about six or seven years but they changed how they did things and I thought it got boring so I wanted something different....

Posted 04 Jun 2018

Christine McKenzie, visitor's centre volunteer at the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital

New ways of seeing volunteering

As a charity that makes things for disabled people, we are utterly dependent on our skilled volunteers for the success of our organisation. We’re a small charity but we have over 900 volunteers in total,...

Posted 03 Jun 2018

Preserving our historical environment

I have been a volunteer for Historic England National Archive on the Enriching the List project since August 2017. I match up pictures held by Historic England with List records for West Somerset. I have...

Posted 03 Jun 2018

A view of the Tarr Steps stone clapper bridge over the river Barle in Somerset, which dates from the medieval period.

Remap engineer, local group chair and trustee

I’ve always had an interest in all things technical/engineering.  It was difficult to keep me out of the engineering workshops at school, and even more difficult stopping me pulling things apart at home to see...

Posted 03 Jun 2018

The First Step to Volunteering

I left work nearly four years ago after 28 years with local government, and following some health issues I decided, with a heavy heart, that maybe the time was right to embrace retirement.  I certainly...

Posted 02 Jun 2018

Giving back

Keech Hospice Care is part of my life now. I don’t think I could ever thank them enough for what they did for my dad and for us as a family. That’s why I decided...

Posted 02 Jun 2018

Free hotel breaks for Hidden Heroes

Who we are Room to Reward was founded in 2015 as a mechanism for charities to give something back to their Hidden Heroes – those whose commitment and dedication to the charity makes a real...

Posted 02 Jun 2018

Listening to life stories

Barbara Altounyan is a BBC trained TV and radio interviewer, and a professional Audio Biographer. She recorded the very first audio biography in her mid-twenties, when she realised her own father was terminally ill. Having...

Posted 01 Jun 2018

Helping children learn to read with Beanstalk

I remember the exact moment I stumbled across Beanstalk. Sitting on a bus, flicking through the Evening Standard, I read about a campaign to encourage Londoners to help primary school children learn to read. I...

Posted 01 Jun 2018