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Sarah’s Story: ‘I wanted to give something back’

  • 13/12/2017
  • Author:Calum.Walker@turn2us.org.uk

Sarah shares what she enjoys most about volunteering

Volunteer Visitor Sarah Bonham

Sarah started volunteering for Turn2us eight years ago following her retirement, after working in the NHS for 40 years.

"My role at Turn2us is as a visitor to the charity’s beneficiaries in and around where I live. I visit them on a yearly basis to see how they are progressing. I then write a report for the case worker which contributes to the decision-making process. I have seven people I visit throughout the year.

"I wanted to give something back – I know that is a reason often quoted but it is very true. Volunteering is very satisfying and is really good for balancing my time with other things I like to do. I enjoy meeting people and hearing some of their fascinating stories.

"For me, the most fulfilling part of the role is meeting people in a variety of situations and often seeing how they have turned themselves around. It’s good to be the human face of Turn2us for the beneficiary. As visitors, we are also the link with the case worker whose only contact with the beneficiary is usually by telephone. I feel that my contribution to that process can make a real difference.

"I am very proud of volunteering with Turn2us, hearing when people tell me what a difference the help they get has made at a very difficult time of their lives. I have found it a very positive experience. The charity has a supportive and caring approach which puts people at the heart of what they do. Support for volunteers is excellent and I would thoroughly recommend it."

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