“I really wanted to help in some small way. My father is elderly and alone in Sheffield. He is receiving similar support from people local to him – and I thought this was a nice way to repay this kindness.”
Today we’re sharing one of our community volunteers' experiences of helping our local community to mark Volunteers Week.
We are so grateful for the huge response from Adur and Worthing residents coming forward to volunteer in the Coronavirus community support effort, with over 1843 residents have been supported in the last few weeks.
Find out what Jo’s been working on…
“Volunteering has been incredibly rewarding. At first, it was odd to be doing something so personal for strangers – but the relationships quickly developed. I really enjoy chatting with the people I’m shopping for now. I hear about their news, we chat about gardens and how they are getting on generally. It makes me feel very humble to see the happiness I can bring from such a small gesture. I think I am getting more from this experience than they are in some ways!
I volunteered to do anything that was needed originally. I was assigned four local people to shop for – two on the beach where I live and two closer to Tesco. I shop for them twice a week – on a Tuesday and Friday morning. It took awhile for us all to get into a routine. Some of the people shopped monthly and others three times a week before all of this. It was a big adjustment for them all, so I tried to help them set new routines. I try hard to get their shopping right – making sure I chose non bruised fruit and carefully checking the sell-by dates.
Initially, I felt powerless in the face of what was happening with the pandemic. I really wanted to help in some small way. My father is elderly and alone in Sheffield. He is receiving similar support from people local to him – and I thought this was a nice way to repay this kindness.”