As we continue our series focused on the many volunteers who help at the Good Shepherd, we caught up with Lynda, who is among the group of Wednesday volunteers.
Hi Lynda, what do you do at the Good Shepherd?
I come in on a Wednesday and just help out with getting everything ready for the clients who come in for lunch. That might be preparing the tables with cutlery or preparing the food that is distributed for them to take away.
Why did you decide to volunteer and how long have you been volunteering?
I have been volunteering for about five years. I first arrived because Kim, another volunteer, lives across the road from me and told me all about it. So, I decided to come and help. Because I had retired, I had more time to try and give back.
What do you find the most fulfilling about volunteering here?
I think it is talking to the clients. Interacting with them, finding out their names and just generally chatting and trying to offer that personal support. It’s not just about handing them the food but getting to know them which is important. We can ask them how they are doing, not in any huge deep way but just to have a conversation and help them when we can.
Also, the group of volunteers that come in on a Wednesday share a really strong feeling of companionship. It is a really, lovely team.
Why do you feel the work of the Good Shepherd is important in Wolverhampton?
The services are still so much needed by the people of the city – the need is still out there. Those that use the dining service certainly finish their plates every time, so they definitely need that help in terms of the food that is provided.
What is the most special memory you have experienced whilst being a volunteer here?
Sometimes you see people arrive who are very upset and in tears. But when they have spoken to somebody, and received some help, you see the look of relief in their faces. That feels quite special in knowing the part that the Good Shepherd has had in making a difference to someone’s day.
Describe the Good Shepherd in three words?
Caring, friendly and tolerant.