Seeing what others do for folk is very inspiring
Name: Philip Hollinshead. Which organisation are you involved with?: Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) Cheshire East. What does the organisation do?: CVS helps voluntary and community groups in Cheshire East, giving advice and help to those that need it. It also helps volunteers looking for voluntary work and organisations who need volunteers. They have training sessions for volunteers and organisations and generally look after the local sector. How did you become a volunteer?: A flyer was put through my letterbox, telling me about a volunteering project that CVS was running and I thought it looked interesting so I rang them up. Which projects have you been involved with recently?: The CVS project was called Timebank Cheshire East which I got the flyer for. It’s about people helping each other in their neighbourhood. When you help someone or volunteer for someone for an hour (or more) you earn one credit (or more) and you can spend that credit getting help from someone else in the Timebank group, it doesn’t have to be the same person. Timebank is now setting up in Macclesfield in particular so that it can focus on one area and get more people involved, so that will be good. I would like to be involved as much as possible because I think it’s a cracking idea. What do you enjoy most about doing this?: Well, you get to meet different people and have a chat and a brew. It all boils down to people being on their own, who can’t get out and who are lonely. I have painted a fence, done some gardening and cleaned windows and in return I have had meals cooked for me and I have had a pair of trousers taken up. It’s great helping others when you can and best of all you get to have a nice chat with people. What is your favourite place in Macclesfield?: The Bate Hall – I like to go in every now and then for a pint. Ideally how would you spend every day?: Going out and meeting people, having a chat. I always have a chat with people on the bus, it’s very interesting. What was the best holiday you have enjoyed?: When my wife was alive we went to Belgium two or three times a year, on Bostock buses. We went to Brussels, Dunkirk and Bruges. Bruges was the best with the canals and the lace-making. If money were no object what would you do?: I’d do as much good as I could, there’s a lot that needs doing. I’d set up a charity to get drivers to take people on day trips. It’s so important for people to get out. What one piece of advice would you give?: Always be friendly to your neighbours, getting on with your neighbours is very important. What was your first job?: I was a gardener in a nursery on the Chelford Road, near Great Warford, What is on your CD / MP3 player?: Essential Easy Listening Collection. I love the last few pieces on it. What is your favourite TV show?: I don’t watch many shows, but I suppose it would be Heartbeat. What are you reading at the moment?: ‘Tregaron’s Daughter’ by Madeline Brent. I like dramas and I like biographies too. What is your biggest inspiration?: Seeing what other people do for folk. I read the Good Deeds section of the Metro newspaper and it’s all about people helping others, whether they are complete strangers, neighbours or family members. What people have done for others is inspiring. Who would you like to invite to dinner?: Anyone who would like to come for a nice chat.
Contact CVS Cheshire East via email at volunteeringteam@ cvsce.org.uk or tel 01625 428301.