Andrew’s Volunteering Experience

At the Volunteer Centre, we are extremely lucky to have a wonderful group of reliable and conscientious volunteers working with us. Andrew is one of our longest serving volunteers, having been volunteering with us for more than five years.Andrew in his wheelchair

These are his thoughts about how volunteering has helped him:

‘I have been volunteering at the Volunteer Centre for more than 5 years now and I can honestly say there has never been a day, rain or shine, that I haven’t wanted to go in and volunteer.

Over the years, the staff and my fellow volunteers have been extremely supportive, helping me overcome any obstacles I may experience as a wheel chair user, ensuring I feel part of the team, and keeping me busy!

My work at the Volunteer Centre is varied and sometimes unusual – no two sessions are the same! One day I may be asked to design and produce a poster, another day, to create a promotional leaflet. I was once asked to take photographs of the Dacorum area, and my Father and I went on a photographic journey of the local area - and the results were pretty good, (if I say so myself!) with some very interesting photos which were used to help promote volunteering in the Dacorum area. You can see some of my photos on the Volunteer Centre Web Site!

I have also given presentations about Volunteering with a disability. I spoke at the Volunteer Centre Dacorum’s AGM, outlining volunteering benefits and opportunities for disabled volunteers in the Dacorum area, and gave a presentation to representatives from Hertfordshire Volunteer Centres in the presence of the Mayor and the Lord High Sheriff of Hatfield. (I did find this a bit daunting at first!)

I now count Volunteering as part of my life and would recommend any able or disabled person to “Give it a go”! It gives me a reason to get up in the morning and proves to myself and to others that I can be a worthwhile part of the community and not just that ‘person in a wheelchair’!

I can truthfully say that I am proud to be part of a truly amazing team.’