Here is an account from one volunteer, Harriet, based in Exeter.
“I could see the projects were benefitting the clients and how vital fundraising was for these projects to continue.”
Earlier this year, Harriet was looking for work experience in a rewarding environment, where she could gain new skills and enhance her CV. Having worked in a front-line role previously, she also wanted to ensure that she was still contributing towards a fairer society. The welcoming environment created by the Fundraising and Events team for Devon and Dorset, made Harriet quickly feel comfortable volunteering for Julian House and she knew she’d made the right choice.
The role of volunteering in an administrative setting gave Harriet a unique chance to see how the charity worked behind the scenes, and the hard work done by the service providers.
“Working in an office alongside the Nightstop and Bay 6 teams motivated me to continue volunteering. I could see the projects were benefitting the clients and how vital fundraising was for these projects to continue.”
Whilst volunteering for the charity, Harriet has been able to gain valuable experience in the fundraising sector. Working closely alongside the Devon and Dorset Fundraising team, she has assisted with the implementation of events such the Big Exeter Sleep Out (31st January, St James Park), Fresher’s Fayres in the local area, as well as the Winter Clothes Rail project run across libraries in Devon. She’s also been lucky enough to attend an industry conference where she was able to network and learn from leaders in the charity sector.
The support and encouragement she received from the fundraising team has enabled her to feel confident in applying for charity based administrative job roles, which is something she is really enjoying and wants to continue in the future.
Volunteering at Julian House can cover a variety of aspects, including admin, events marshalling, client support and much more! Contact Sarah Lakey, Senior Community & Events Fundraiser for Devon & Dorset on 07957 699485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or in Bath please email Tom Skidmore, Volunteers Coordinator on email@example.com / 07931 967 922.