An Interview with our office volunteer Aimee.

volunteer3You may be aware that the Lincoln office is very lucky to have two wonderful volunteers.

Our volunteers work hard  to ensure the day-to-day running of the office and support the administration of the various courses we deliver across Lincolnshire.

One of these ladies, Aimee,  has kindly agreed to share her experiences of volunteering with the blog.

“When I first began volunteering with the WEA I felt very nervous. I did not know anything about the WEA. I have autism and can often find new situations a bit scary. Getting the bus to a new place I had not been before was a challenge.

I was still at college when a lady I know called Jenny told me she had heard about the WEA and that there was a chance I could volunteer there to gain some new skills and share what I already knew from college.

I started volunteering on a Monday morning. I immediately felt very welcome thanks to Joanna the office administrator. She was so kind and supportive. She really did understand why I felt nervous. I was worried people would not understand why I do certain things, but she did. She appreciated my skills and my strengths.

I would say the best thing about being a volunteer is that it has built my confidence and helped me become more independent. It gives me an interest, and has given me valuable work experience in an office environment.

The jobs I do are very varied, I can use the photocopier to produce course material, help with the brochure and use my maths skills for tasks such as using the weighing machine for the post.

In fact, I am now so used to the workings of photocopier machine I have even learned how to download documents from a USB stick and print them straight out! I feel like I am challenging myself all the time by learning new skills and this builds my confidence.

I think it is really important to have a voluntary job. It has given me a reason to get out and about on a Monday and I now also have the confidence to not be worried to try new things.

I am looking forward to trying out a craft course with the WEA very soon.

In the future I would like to get some further work as a support worker with the WEA. Ideally I would like to offer one to one support to someone who feels nervous about starting new things, just like I did, because I will understand them.

I would like to say to our blog readers that volunteering is a very worthwhile thing to do. It stops you feeling bored, and gives you confidence and new skills, so go out and try it.”

For further volunteering opportunities please contact the Lincoln office who will be happy to discuss this with you.

to read more about the benefits of volunteering with us, click here.

 

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