Volunteer Focus: Christine

Next up in our Volunteer series is Christine, whose husband Paul was featured last week. Christine has volunteered in different ways at the Good Shepherd – and here she tells us more.

What do you do at the Good Shepherd?   

I work in the offices helping with various administration tasks, processing registrations & various other data inputting.  I also volunteer at events and provide other support whenever I can including at the Family Food Pantry.

Why did you decide to volunteer and how long have you been volunteering?    

Paul, my husband, had been volunteering with the Good Shepherd for a few months and he rang me one day to say they had no helpers in the dining room.  So I went along and ‘the rest is ‘history’.   I continued helping with serving meals and drinks then helped in the kitchen before going to assist Helen (Holloway) with the admin. Whenever needed, I help with the Pantry on Tuesdays and thoroughly enjoy meeting the families. 

What do you find the most fulfilling about volunteering here?   

That would be seeing people ‘blossom’ and become more confident,  making friendships and getting on in life. 

Why do you feel the work of the Good Shepherd is important in Wolverhampton?    

Wolverhampton is one of the most deprived areas in the West Midlands and we offer help to anyone regardless of their situation. The staff and volunteers are here to offer help and listen without judgement or prejudice. These days, the need is even greater. 

What is the most special memory you have experienced whilst being a volunteer here? 

My first visit in 2016 was a huge eye opener. I was shocked at how many people there were in genuine need at the Centre. It certainly made me want to return and help where I could. 

Describe the Good Shepherd in three words?    

Caring, compassionate and non-judgemental.

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