Case Studies – Shopping Service; Brighter Living Partnership

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What is your name?

Andrew

What is the name of charity you volunteered with during the COVID-19 response?

Brighter Living

Please tell us a little bit about yourself – experience, current / previous job roles?

I’m a training manager at Mettler Toledo Inc for x-ray inspection systems. The company is down in Royston, Herts. I spend a great deal of time away from home in sunny Southport. Before Mettler, I was in the Royal Navy, again spending a great deal of time away from Southport and my family.

Why did you want to sign up to volunteer?

I signed up for CVS because I am already part of the STEM voluntary community at my work, so I volunteer in the community down South. Whilst I am in lockdown at home and capable, I felt that volunteering in Southport, keeps the community spirit alive and I feel better for helping in my local area finally. It is great that something positive may come from being at home. I manage to find the time to volunteer during my breaks, as I am lucky enough to working from home.

What activities/ tasks has your volunteering included?

My voluntary work is shopping on behalf of those who are in isolation as per the guidelines for COVID-19.

What has been a memorable moment from your volunteering so far?

Well, one of the clients is a fantastic elderly gent who has seen action and excitement all his career from early days in the army, the fire service, the prison board. I get to hear his stories.

Another woman I shop for, has more injuries from her active sporting life than I have, she is more metal than bone safe to say, but wonderfully cheery and very sociable.

The memories come from recognition as a volunteer and seeing the clients more than once, so they feel safe that the person at the door is CVS and here to help. The visits brighten their days.

What words of encouragement would you give for somebody thinking of volunteering?

Put that toe in the water. There are many options for roles in volunteering across the community. So, get checking Sefton and CVS websites and sign up. Then you’ll see the huge range of possibilities to be part of the community.

 

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What is your name?

Annemarie

What is the name of charity you volunteered with during the COVID-19 response?

Brighter Living

Please tell us a little bit about yourself – experience, current / previous job roles?

I have done a bit of volunteering in the past, including for a few months when I lived in a village in India with VSO. However, currently I am on Furlough and usually work as a Youth Development Officer for a charity called Groundwork. I basically work with young people through a 16-week Prince’s Trust Team programme. With my job, it means I get to work in the community a bit, which I really enjoy! I will be leaving Southport later this year though to study a Masters in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response.

Why did you want to sign up to volunteer?

A week before Boris’s first announcement, that we would officially be going into lockdown, I had been put on Furlough at work. As soon after Boris made this announcement, I knew that I had to do something to support those who needed it. As I am young, healthy and suddenly had all this free time, it didn’t make sense to me that I wouldn’t. I feel I’ve been very lucky during lockdown, still getting paid, living with family, able to go out of the house, and I want to give back some of that positivity to the community.

What activities/ tasks has your volunteering included?

I have been doing a weekly grocery shop for residents in my local community who are self-isolated. I drop it off to their house and sometimes get to have a really nice chat and meet some great people (all within social distancing guidelines of course).

What has been a memorable moment from your volunteering so far?

I’d say the most memorable moments has been meeting the clients. It’s often the same people I take the shopping to each week, so you get to know each other a bit, and sometimes find you’ve been outside their door chatting for ages! Being told you’ve ‘brightened up their day’ is always good to hear. As I said before it’s all about spreading that positivity!

What words of encouragement would you give for somebody thinking of volunteering?

Just go for it! There’s so much support and the staff are great! If you have any questions, no matter how small or silly you think they may be, they’re always happy to help. It doesn’t even have to take up much of your time, but can really make a difference to someone else, as well as yourself!

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