Diane’s Volunteer Story
Diane told us about her experience of volunteering with Outlookers.
How did you find out about volunteering?
Through TSL Kirklees.
What type of activities do you usually do as a volunteer?
In the admin/reception role, I cover the reception area signing in and out the service users and any visitors attending the Whitfield Centre. I complete any admin tasks which includes entering weekly data onto Charity Log. I take lunch orders from the service users and place with a local sandwich shop. I have recently been involved with the community champions project which has involved completing questionnaires with service users from our three drop-in groups and I have also attended events to promote eye health undertaking eye tests with members of community groups.
I took on the role of charity collection co-ordinator which involves counting the money from our collection tins. It also involves contacting businesses where our collection tins are placed and regularly collecting the tins. I am currently undertaking to develop this by visiting more businesses in the community to ask if they will display our collection tins to help raise more funds for Outlookers.
What do you like about your volunteer role?
Feeling good about helping others. I enjoy working with people and get a lot of satisfaction knowing that I can make a difference.
I work with some very lovely people.
How has volunteering made a difference to you?
I have met some wonderful people while volunteering at Outlookers, we are like one big happy family. The service users are so friendly and chatty, and their visual impairment does not stop them all having a laugh and plenty of fun. I feel very confident and relaxed in the company of everyone there.
Before starting with Outlookers I had no knowledge of the different types of visual impairment but now I feel I know much more and am still learning.
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