VOL­UN­TEER OF THE WEEK

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JEWISH CARE

The re­tired so­cial worker has vol­un­teered for Jewish Care since 1996

Why Jewish Care? I saw an ad­vert for a vol­un­teer co-or­di­na­tor for Lady Sarah Co­hen House. I knew about Jewish Care and liked what the or­gan­i­sa­tion does.

What does your cur­rent vol­un­teer­ing role in­volve? Meet­ing and plac­ing prospec­tive vol­un­teers in a role they will en­joy. I re­spond to in­quiries about vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. I also make links with staff in re­sources to en­cour­age them to think of new and chal­leng­ing vol­un­teer roles.

What do you most en­joy about your work? Meet­ing with vol­un­teers and help­ing them find a suit­able role. Hear­ing from the vol­un­teers about how much they are get­ting out of it. Be­ing part of a sup­port­ive team and tak­ing ad­van­tage of the pro­fes­sional in­duc­tion and train­ing that is of­fered.

What is your most mem­o­rable vol­un­teer­ing mo­ment? No one spe­cific mo­ment but lots of pos­i­tive feed­back from vol­un­teers about how much they are get­ting out of their vol­un­teer­ing. It has been a lifechang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for those who have gone on to new chal­lenges as a re­sult of their vol­un­teer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Sev­eral vol­un­teers have be­come paid staff for Jewish Care. Oth­ers have gone on to new ca­reers — and they have all made a dif­fer­ence to the lives of the clients of Jewish Care.

Nom­i­nate a vol­un­teer to hon­our: com­mu­nity@thejc. com

Har­riet Galgut: Co-or­di­nat­ing vol­un­teer work

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