Next up in our series of focusing on the dedicated work of our volunteers is Tina. Here are here experiences of the Good Shepherd.
What do you do at the Good Shepherd?
A bit of everything! I just float around really! I might be helping with the food, or sorting out donations and toiletries and so on. I used to be mainly in the kitchen helping with the cooking and preparation but now I tend to just go wherever they are short of help. I’m not one to stand still!
Why did you decide to volunteer and how long have you been volunteering?
I’ve been helping for about five years having first started when the Good Shepherd was at Darlington Street. I wanted to help because I’ve been in similar situations as this myself in the past. So, when I had some spare time, I decided I want to give back. I really enjoy coming here to help.
What do you find the most fulfilling about volunteering here?
It is knowing that the Good Shepherd is always there for people who need help. Sometimes they might know where they can go and think that there is nobody out there who can provide support but there always is. Being in a position to be able to help someone is really fulfilling.
Why do you feel the work of the Good Shepherd is important in Wolverhampton?
I think we can all see, and from the work that the Good Shepherd does, that there is still a real need around Wolverhampton.
What is the most special memory you have experienced whilst being a volunteer here?
There is always a really special atmosphere around Christmas and New Year time. When you see the little one’s faces when the children from our families realise they are going to receive some presents and know they will have enough food for Christmas. I also think it’s so important to try and listen to our service users and talk to them to see how we can help. A couple of the older gentlemen have passed away which is obviously really sad but it’s also important to know that they have been able to come to the Good Shepherd in their later years and be treated properly and receive support.
Describe the Good Shepherd in three words?
Helpful, fantastic and I don’t know where Wolverhampton would be without it. Sorry – that’s more than three!