The power of stories
I had done lots of informal volunteering, but my first formal, organised volunteering role was providing reading support for children at a primary school. My children were 3 and 6 at the time, and I had offered to help at my children’s school but they were full. However, I found about another local school who were desperate for support.
I’ve done lots of volunteering roles since but for me this was one of the most rewarding – walking into the classroom and seeing the children putting their hands up to be the first to read with me was amazing. It was also great to see how their reading improved through some dedicated support, demonstrating how the role made a difference. When I left, all the children involved made me a card each to say thank you, which I still have to this day.
Michelle Martin, Chief Executive, Volunteer Centre Greenwich.