From Volunteer to Volunteer Officer

4th June 2016

Jess Toledo was a volunteer at the Meningitis Now Head Office in Stroud, before becoming a Volunteering Officer in May 2016. She has carried out 228 hours of volunteering for the charity in the last year

Volunteer week four

“I first joined Meningitis Now as a volunteer back in 2013 after a period between jobs.”

“I found out about the opportunity from a volunteering website, and the role appealed to me because I had experience in administration roles in the past. I started off coming in twice a week, but this quickly turned into three times a week because I enjoyed the work and everyone was so friendly.”

“I started to volunteer to gain confidence and get used to an office environment again, but I found that I really enjoyed working for the volunteering department, particularly helping with research and using the Salesforce database.”

“I loved being able to come in and just get on with it. Sometimes I even worked on something from home. I found I was always talking about Meningitis Now to anyone that would listen! Although I took a break from volunteering for a while for health reasons, the team were very supportive and really welcoming when I came back in June 2015.”

“The Volunteering Coordinator, Tammy was always so nice to me and really encouraged me to gain new skills. This led me to applying for my new role as a Volunteering Officer.”

“I think my experience of being a volunteer for Meningitis Now will really help me to relate to new volunteers. I found that making the first move and applying was the most difficult part, but after that everything was very positive.“

“I would encourage anyone to try volunteering to help you grow in confidence, gain work experience and help other people. There’s a lot to get your teeth into and always new ways to volunteer.”

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