Marion, from Clevedon, started volunteering for Penny Brohn UK after her mum and brother-in-law both faced cancer. It became a cause close to her heart and now she is a meet and greeter, helping to welcome, settle in and have supper with clients when they first arrive at the centre.
"It feels great to contribute to something so valuable and be part of a team of professional, caring and supportive people."
Sadly, my mum and brother-in-law faced cancer, so it’s a cause close to my heart. I’ve also worked at other charities, so I know how vital volunteering is. It’s a win-win situation. Penny Brohn UK benefits from my time, skills and energy, while I enjoy being with inspirational clients and staff.
My Meet and Greeter role is flexible, it suits me on both a skills and personal level. I support the Night Team, helping to welcome, settle in and have supper with clients. I take them on a tour and join in the introduction and relaxation sessions. I do about two, four-hour shifts per month and it’s extremely rewarding.
I really look forward to my shifts. It feels great to contribute to something so valuable and be part of a team of professional, caring and supportive people. All the clients are so appreciative and I admire them greatly for coming on the courses, which, for first timers, can be daunting. Clients coming for further courses are so positive about how much the previous information and practices have helped them, and how wonderful the Centre is. I always come home feeling encouraged and inspired.
You may feel nervous about volunteering, I certainly did, but, honestly, it’s an absolute honour and delight to help. The staff are supportive and clients incredibly amazing. I say, contact the Volunteering Team to discuss ways to help and what suits you. You won’t be disappointed.