We are blessed to have some excellent volunteers at Fegans.  To mark National Volunteers Week we interviewed two of these amazing people who give us their time to find out what makes them tick.

 

Jane Procter – Parent Support Volunteer

Why did you choose to apply to volunteer with Fegans?

Sarah Wallis, who is the East Grinstead Co-ordinator, gave a talk in Church in November 2017 and my parents used to support Fegans in the 60/70s. I was a teacher and worked in residential social care in the past so I was really interested in how the organisation has changed. Working as a teacher, I knew people were struggling and needed somewhere to go for help.

 

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a mum of three grown up children and I have one Grand Daughter. I’m second time married so understand how a relationship breakdown can affect a family. As I no longer work, I have time to volunteer. I also know what it is like to struggle and wish I’d had this course as a parent.

 

What two or three things are most important to you in a volunteering role?

Have to believe in what you’re doing and have a heart for it. You need a bit of understanding of what you’re doing. You need the time. Always useful to have some kind of experience to have empathy for the people you’re working with.

 

Have you done a role like this before? 

No, never volunteering! I have worked with children in the past.

 

What kind of satisfaction do you get from this type of work?

As a Christian, hearing the Fegans talk in Church, the timing was right and it felt like God was saying this is the one for you. I believe I’m taking the love of Jesus into these families. I pray before I go that I can speak God’s wisdom and bring love. Because I believe I’m doing what God wants me to do that’s my motivation and satisfaction. I also feel that I’m bringing the parents hope and practical advice.

 

What accomplishments at Fegans are you most proud of? Why?

Some parents have said how helpful its been and how important it is to have someone to talk to every week. One parent has expressed an interest to also volunteer.

 

What would you say to someone who is thinking of volunteering at Fegans?

If they feel they want to then go for it and give it a go! It’s a really wonderful organisation. Ian is amazing and I’ve never worked for an organisation that has a CEO who leads with such passion. Fegans has great employees who have a strong sense of working together as a team. There is plenty of support and backup.

 

Zoe Smith – Fegans Trustee

 

How would you describe yourself?

A 30 year old Christian who works in the charity sector – loves friends, family, food, books and sunshine!

 

What two or three things are most important to you in a volunteering role?

A cause I can get behind, and somewhere I can add value.

 

Have you done a role like this before?

No, this is my first trustee role.

 

What kind of satisfaction do you get from this type of work?

I love seeing the amazing work that Fegans does and helping create an environment where the charity can continue to thrive and grow.

 

What motivates and inspires you to do your best?

The children Fegans serves.

 

What accomplishments at Fegans are you most proud of? Why?

Supporting the communications team in their campaigns – it’s been amazing to see the response to the One Life campaign. Helping provide clarity and vision for the staff team so we know what direction we’re heading in.

 

What would you say to someone who is thinking of volunteering at Fegans?

Fegans is such a gorgeous organisation – its work is really effective and so heart-felt. If you’ve got any time, or any skills you’d love to offer, then go for it!

 

If Jane and Zoe’s comments have got you thinking about volunteering for Fegans, we would be delighted to hear from you.  For contact information and to find out more about the volunteer roles and trustees positions available click here.

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