I’ve always enjoyed giving up my free time to help others and have done many roles from working with old people to sorting clothes in the back office of a charity shop. Each time I volunteer I get a real sense of achievement and it feels great to give something to others at no cost.
I currently volunteer for the Warwickshire Central branch of the NCT (National Childbirth Trust), it may sound strange to hear that I’ve never actually used the services of the NCT but some of my close friends relied on the prenatal groups, breastfeeding counsellors and friends they have made at postnatal drop ins so I knew that choosing the NCT as the charity to offer my time and services was a good choice for me. After speaking to some local NCT members they have told me that they don’t know what they would have done in the early days with their newborn without the support network they have thanks to the NCT so even though I have no experience of the services just to know how much others have gained from the courses and friendships makes me see how important the NCT is to parents.
I started volunteering as the Branch Treasurer last October which is one of the core roles, I basically manage the branch finances which is actually a lot harder than it sounds and has had me pulling my hair out at 3am when totals haven’t been adding up!
I most recently took on the role of Newsletter Editor, the New Addition newsletter is published 4 times a year and I’m responsible for planning each edition, sourcing and writing content and laying out the pages for printing. Our Newsletter currently has 64 pages so it’s a great opportunity for me to put some of my blogging/freelance writing skills to use. I’ve only ever worked on online newsletters before so this is definitely a challenge for me.
I’d love to stay volunteering within the NCT for the next couple of years at least and if any other suitable roles come up I know I’ll be jumping in to help with both feet, the benefit of working from home is that you get to pick your own working hours which for me is usually before 8am or after 9pm in the evening.
If any of my readers are also NCT volunteers I’d love to hear from you, if any printed Newsletter Editors out there have any advice for me my ears are open.