Our Voluntary Services Manager
I have only just realised that I have been working with volunteers for a quarter of a century (21 years here at the hospice since 1994 and previously 4 years with the Samaritans in London). Clearly it is a role that I enjoy. For any Yorkshire folk reading this, I will apologise now but I was born in Blackpool, Lancashire but as I have lived in Sheffield for over 23 years I might qualify as an adopted "yorkshireman". Volunteers and Volunteering are very important in my life, not only is it my job but I have always volunteered in a variety of ways. At present I am a scout leader for 150th Sheffield Scouts but in the past I have been a Samaritan, involved with youth football, visited prisons and helped out in schools.
I know that I have passed on the volunteering bug to my two children, Katharine (19) who is training to be a Samaritan, and Kieran (17) when he is 18 is taking out an adult warrant to become a scout leader himself. Peter, my husband of 21 years, although does not volunteer, supports all of us in our endeavours which includes dog sitting Talli (my Tibetan Terrier) whilst I attend scout camps!
My favourite treat is a "proper" coffee and a slice of yummy homemade cake - if that is not available then an instant coffee and bar of chocolate will suffice. I am an avid Radio 4 listener but on awill spend the day in the kitchen listening to Radio 5 live with all the football commentaries - a habit that my daughter Katharine just won't understand. My team is Blackpool FC but please keep that quiet!
I love my job at the Hospice, not only do I work with great colleagues both voluntary and paid, I am in the priviledged position of supporting volunteers fulfill their potential and personally grow. It is great to hear that our younger volunteers have got into university, or a volunteer has got a job, or have met new friends and feel rewarded.