Posted: 14 January 2016

Volunteering has kept my mind and body active

Volunteer Award Winner Edna Andrews talks about her role in one of our shops. 

1. What inspired you to volunteer with us?

Two things; one was helping children to have a better life and the other was having the company of other people.

2. What is your volunteer role? What is a typical day?

I have been volunteering for almost 20 years in our Wymondham shop. 

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I do lots of things, for example I look after all the linens, curtains and bedding. I help with all of the different activities in the shop and I can do practically everything. If there are any issues at the till I will go and sort them out at the till. Do the banking and cashing up. I guess I am busy from the time I get there to the time I finish. I normally do three days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, but I like to come in more often when I can.

3.  What have you enjoyed the most about volunteering with The Children’s Society?

I enjoy it all. I know it is helping children. Giving them a better life. I enjoy working with various types of people, and I enjoy the work I do. It has kept me very active, and very social. Every month, all of the shop volunteers go out together for a social activity, for a meal or another activity and it has kept my mind and body active. I don’t know what I’d do without it.

4. Tell us about a particular highlight of your volunteering.

I appreciate winning the award, and that I have been recognised, for everything I have done. I’d like to thank everybody in the organisation for this.

5. Do you think you have benefitted from volunteering?

I have gained confidence!

6. What would you say to other people who are interested in volunteering with us?

First I think I would say if you are interested in helping children, then definitely, yes you should consider volunteering with The Children’s Society. It is also good if you want the company of volunteers. Our place is a happy place to work, and I don’t think you can ask for anything more.

7. What would be your three top tips to new volunteers to make the most out of their experience?

1) Be truthful

2) Be helpful

3) Whatever you do try to do it the best you can.

 

By Hannah Flynn
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