Furlonteer Q&A with Anna Lewis
This week we meet Anna Lewis from Shrewsbury, a Marketing Assistant with a keen interest in nature, animal welfare and education. She was matched with IPSEA, the Independent Provider of Special Education Advice, and here she shares a little about her experience as a Furlonteer.
Hi Anna, why did you sign up to Furlonteer?
To use my skills to help, to give me direction during a confusing time, and hopefully improve my knowledge about a new area.
Tell us about the charity you’ve been matched with?
IPSEA - Independent Provider of Special Education Advice - is a registered, national charity offering training and free independent information, advice and support to make sure that children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and/or disabilities in England get the right education.
How are you supporting IPSEA and what’s been your favourite thing about volunteering?
I have been doing marketing admin and supporting their social media channels. I love seeing how much people appreciate the relatively small things I do to help, it makes you feel like you’re really making a difference to the charity. And the smiley Zoom calls with other adults!
What surprised you about volunteering?
I was actually surprised that my skills were needed, but when people are pushed for time and resources you realise every little helps – and that’s what I want to do - help out!
As a Furlonteer, what’s the most valuable thing/skill you’ve learnt?
I think I’ve come to realise that everyone has something useful to offer – even when you think what you do is easy and simple – it can just be a matter of having the time someone else doesn't. And if you don’t know how you can help – by joining a community, they will soon find something relevant!
What advice would you give to furloughed staff thinking of volunteering?
Do it, try it. You’ve nothing to lose. Charity work is supportive and rewarding, for you and the charity. Furlonteering is definitely a win-win situation.
Fancy becoming a Furlonteer and helping out a charity in need? Sign up below!