We love this time of the month: when we get to shout about our amazing volunteers and the, quite literally, life changing work they do to help YCC run smoothly and effectively.
This month we are giving a very special THANK YOU to Sarah Marsden, who has not only been volunteering as a befriender for over a year, but has joined the Community Connections team covering maternity leave.
We caught up with Sarah to hear about her YCC Volunteering journey so far…
- Name: Sarah Marsden
- Tell us a little about yourself? I am a qualified General & Mental Health Nurse, retired Police Officer, I volunteer at wildlife sanctuaries around the world and I am currently the Matcher for Community Connections for Community Friends. I also volunteer as a school governor, help out at The Welcome Centre food bank and if there is any spare time I assist in the hospital at my local Wildlife Rescue.
- How long have you been volunteering for the charity? I have been volunteering for YCC for 13 months now. I initially befriended two lonely people in the community and help with the young onset dementia support group which is a lifeline for many of these clients in their difficult journey.
- Please explain your volunteering role in a nutshell: I spend an hour a week with a lovely centenarian lady and and I love learning about the various clients who attend dementia support group.
- What made you want to start volunteering with YCC? My volunteering started when I walked through the door of YCC and spoke to Lucy and the rest is history.
- And finally, what advice would you give to people considering volunteering with YCC? I not only have the privilege of volunteering at YCC who are extremely supportive, forward thinking and creative in the diversity of roles that they offer, but also I find volunteering very rewarding and beneficial to my own mental health.
If you feel inspired to become a volunteer like Sarah, or if you would like to volunteer in any way for our charity, please contact Lucy on 01484 519988 or email [email protected]