Volunteers are an integral part of the support we offer at Connection Support. There really is no typical volunteer, we believe that everyone has something valuable to offer. Which is why we’ve been asking some of our volunteers to share their experiences with us and their decision around why they have chosen to give their time to help our clients…
Tell us about your volunteer role, and how long you have been volunteering with Connection Support?
I began volunteering in February 2020, shortly after I retired. My role was one of befriending and I befriended two ladies initially. Unfortunately, Covid happened so my role was different from what I expected in that I chatted to the ladies only over the phone.
What made you decide to apply to volunteer with us?
As mentioned I had just retired and after seeing the Connection Support advertisement in the Aylesbury News I felt I wanted to do something worthwhile with my time and hopefully support and enrich someone else’s life.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I enjoy meeting and chatting with new people, as I believe it’s a two-way benefit. I have spoken to and met some wonderful ladies. I have a very lovely lady who I’m still in contact with. She says she enjoys our chats, lunches, concerts, and walks we go on together. I feel I have the same enjoyment from our friendship. It is extremely rewarding.
What have you gained from volunteering?
A lasting friendship with one particular lady. Unfortunately, there have been two ladies who passed away, which saddened me greatly. Also, because of Covid, I was never able to meet them in person. I have gained such empathy for these lovely ladies I have chatted to and lots of laughter.
What advice would you give to someone else who was thinking about volunteering at Connection Support?
I would advise them not to hesitate in volunteering with Connection Support. It is extremely rewarding and you build some long-lasting friendships. I feel it has been an honour and a privilege to be a volunteer and I’m so pleased I did it.
We have a range of volunteer opportunities across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes to suit different time commitments, interests and experiences. Some require specific skills, some a longer-term commitment and others you can do on an occasional basis. Each opportunity has a description so you see what the role requires. Fill in our contact form and your local Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch to chat through the role you have identified, or find a role based on your skills, interests, location and availability.