Being a volunteer

Guest post from Sam Best

I began volunteering just over 10 years ago when I was asked by a friend to become a Homestart volunteer. This is an organisation which provides support to mothers with young children. Having been a young mother with four children, I knew how much I would’ve liked such a service. I still volunteer for Homestart and support a family now.

Making time to volunteer for others is no hardship and when I was asked if I would like to take part in Scope’s Our Generation project I saw it as a great opportunity to support my local community.

The training was a weekly session with a small group of other volunteers, held over a few weeks. I really enjoyed the training; it was fun, informal and without a lot of academic jargon.

Volunteering – “a hugely rewarding experience”

I find volunteering a hugely rewarding experience. To know that a small effort on my part can make a big difference in someone else’s life is extremely satisfying.

Currently I am matched with a lady I visit once a week who has little local support from friends or family, and whose health is not very good. She always looks forward to my visits and welcomes me warmly. Sitting, talking and getting to know each other is enjoyable for both of us. Although it’s early days, I can already see the impact this support is making and I’m excited about getting her more involved with her local community.

I would recommend volunteering to anyone who has yet to experience it. It is a wonderful way to make a difference and there is definitely a ‘feel good’ factor in doing something for someone else.