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Group Volunteer: Becky

Becky is a group volunteer for our CONNECT groups and Dementia Wellbeing Hub in Gloucestershire. She lives with some difficulties in her own life, and we spoke to her about how her volunteering helps her overcome these.

What made you decide to volunteer?

I started volunteering 9 years ago now, for both Guideposts CONNECT groups and the Dementia Wellbeing Hub. I had been looking after my Nan before she died, so I knew I liked caring for people and thought it would be a good thing for me to do.

What sort of things have you done in your group volunteer role?

I generally help Liz (the group coordinator) with whatever she asks me to do! This can be helping to prepare the room and clear up afterwards, chatting to the group members, helping with tea and coffee, and anything else needed.

What have been the highlights of your time with Guideposts so far?

I have been able to get to know and speak to some very special people, and made very supportive friendships.  Both Liz and the people who attend the groups have really helped me. One particularly lovely lady said to me “I believe in you, whatever you do”. It meant a lot to me.

What have you learned through group volunteering for Guideposts?

Through being a group volunteer I have gained enormously in my confidence overall. I am generally not comfortable in groups, but through speaking to people at Guideposts and getting to know them it has really helped.

At the moment, it’s my first session back since Covid started. I’m very happy to see people again, and a bit emotional. I have missed having the company over the last year and it’s knocked my confidence. So I’m looking forward to getting back and building it up again.

How has the experience helped you?

The confidence and experience I have had here has helped me apply for other voluntary roles, which I now also participate in. It brings a lot to my life that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

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