What’s your role in a nutshell?
Supported Volunteering allows each beneficiary regardless of their barriers the opportunity to undertake volunteering. I liaise with bridge workers, buddies, supported volunteering beneficiaries and organisations to make this experience as positive as possible. I source and train buddies to assist them to support the SV beneficiary and look for supportive organisations to encourage them to participate in volunteering.
Do you have a secret talent for anything?
No hidden talents I am afraid, what you see is what you get although I am extremely competitive and like to win (I don’t think that’s a secret though)
What’s the best part of your job?
Having the opportunity to try and help people and make a difference. Working within a fantastic team who can make me smile even when there is nothing to smile about.
What do your colleagues say is your best quality?
Clair : Lisa is extremely kind and caring and a passionate advocate for Bridge, she is endlessly resourceful and can always be relied upon to go the extra mile to support anyone in need.
Leanne: Dedicated, hardworking team player with a wealth of experience and knowledge who can be relied upon to always think outside the box and problem solve. A kind, caring, considerate person committed to helping beneficiaries achieve real measurable goals throughout their journey.
What’s your favourite memory/proudest memory?
Workwise: Julie Mills attending Supported Volunteering through ourselves and then securing employment at the Community Bank of Northumberland and going on to win National Apprentice of the year in 2019.
Personal: All the time I have dedicated to my family. I was a full time carer for my mum, who lived with us whilst still working full time so it was a constant balancing act which I managed extremely well (though I say so myself) and all the time I have spent with my children making sure they could have the best possible childhood I could manage.
What’s your favourite food?
Lemon Chicken salad in pitta bread (you have to add humous, mint and Greek yoghurt).
What do you like doing in your spare time?
Spend time with my family and if I get any time on my own, reading in the sunshine.
What advice do you have for people considering joining the programme?
Why not give it a try, everyone you meet will try to help you , they will make you feel welcome and valued and it might just be the best thing decision you have ever made.