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Gemma – volunteering on furlough

Gemma is currently furloughed from her full-time job and has been volunteering at Community Works. She has been working on this very Volunteers’ Week campaign alongside the communications and marketing team.

“I wanted to take the opportunity of not working full time to do something worthwhile within the local community: to give something back. I contacted several local charities offering my services to prepare food parcels, collect medical prescriptions, food shop for someone who was unable to leave the house.

I also emailed Community Works to see if they could put me in contact with organisations that needed assistance. Carole – a Volunteer Matching & Guidance Adviser – suggested that my writing skills could be put to good use within Community Works. They needed an extra pair of hands to work on the Volunteers Week campaign. I had always thought of volunteering as front-line roles and hadn’t considered that many organisations and charities would require operational, in-house assistance from volunteers.

Eight weeks on and I have thoroughly enjoyed my volunteering experience at Community Works. It’s opened my eyes to how the voluntary sector works and the wide variety of volunteer roles – there are so many volunteers working behind the scenes. I’ve had the pleasure of chatting to inspirational volunteers and working with a team who are clearly passionate about what they do. And, as a bonus, I’ve been able to add a few new skills to my CV.

When I am able to go back to work full-time I am keen to carry on volunteering in some way.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my volunteering experience at Community Works. It’s opened my eyes to how the voluntary sector works and the wide variety of volunteer roles.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my volunteering experience at Community Works. It’s opened my eyes to how the voluntary sector works and the wide variety of volunteer roles.”

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