My mentor Steve asked me what I thought Volunteering would do for me ? How it felt being part of something new and did I have any expectations from this role ? Well I feel very honoured to be part of the Groundswell team especially at the beginning of such a new and exciting campaign. I’ve had a really warm welcome from everyone and feel involved in The Big Launch on 16th February .
Reporting and research will be a new challenge for me, one of which I’m looking forward to , it’ll definitely give me a sense of purpose. I like to keep busy and learning new skills either through hands on or training sessions will be really interesting. I’ve got a good feel about the next 3 years, I like Groundswells commitment in tackling homeless health inequalities and in doing so trying to educate people about this very real problem.
If we can change the preconception and stereotyping of homelessness then maybe just maybe we can start to individualise and begin to treat our fellow human beings with the respect they deserve and the healthcare that they are entitled to.
I suppose my only expectations are to receive the guidance, training, regular meetings and feedback I need to develop as a reporter and my promise to Groundswell is that I will give each theme my very best.
So in a nutshell my volunteering role is like a breath of fresh air to me , it’s going to be interesting , fun , maybe a bit demanding at times , rewarding and cathartic . Thank You for giving me this opportunity it means so much .
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