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Carole – helping volunteers find their perfect role

Retired management consultant, Carole volunteers for our Volunteer Centre in the Adur & Worthing office. Her role as a Volunteer Matching & Guidance Adviser is two-fold: she helps people to get into volunteering by matching them to the right role; she also helps voluntary organisations promote their roles to the public.

“As I approached retirement I was looking for a volunteer role that would enable me to use my experience and knowledge (my consultancy job had focused on the voluntary sector) but in a way that was different from my working life. I wanted a role that gave me the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and made me feel connected to my local area. I was flicking through my emails on holiday when I saw the position of Volunteer Matching & Guidance Adviser advertised in the Community Works newsletter. It ticked all the boxes!

This role keeps me connected to the community I live in and is a reminder of how tough life can be for many people. I meet people who are unemployed, bereaved, have suffered illness, and lost their confidence. I talk to them about their skills and life experience; show them how much they have to offer the community and how many volunteer roles are available. It enables me to make a small contribution to improving the quality of someone’s life.

We have an extensive database of volunteering opportunities. Most people don’t realise the wonderful range of things you can do as a volunteer and how flexible many roles are. If you’re interested in volunteering – get in touch!”

Carole helped Gemma find her volunteering role at Community Works.

“Most people don't realise the wonderful range of things you can do as a volunteer and how flexible many roles are.”

“Most people don't realise the wonderful range of things you can do as a volunteer and how flexible many roles are.”

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