Our volunteers are such a valued asset to the Mosaic team, so we are taking the time to share with you why they volunteer for us and what they gain from the experience!
This time we spoke to Lydia...
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I live in Milborne St Andrew with my fiancé, Rog. We have 3 chickens and a large vegetable garden which keeps us very busy. We also have a motorhome and recently enjoyed 2 weeks in the Loire Valley. Whilst there we enjoyed cycling along the canal paths and sampling local produce.
How did you find out about Mosaic?
I was aware of the existence of Mosaic as our school had taken part in some fundraising events and helping to supply Christmas presents to the children for a few years.
How did you come to apply as a volunteer?
I had just gone part time working as a school secretary, when I saw the advert in our local village magazine asking for volunteers to join the Mosaic Team. I emailed the office and asked for an application form, but I was still unsure whether to complete and return it. On the day I was wondering what to do, Mosaic called into school to make a booking for our hall.I spoke with the two lovely ladies that came and looked at the hall and they said apply, so I did!A couple of weeks later I had an email inviting me for interview.I said I could only offer one afternoon a week helping in the office and they said I could start the following week!
How do you get involved?
I have been working in the Mosaic office for a year now and I really look forward to every Wednesday as I have no idea what I might be asked to do.Sometimes I update information on a database, photocopy packs of information, address envelopes or on occasion I am asked to spray hairspray on coloured ribbons or wrap up empty wine bottles in newspaper! – every week an enjoyable afternoon in the office with a lovely group of ladies all working super hard for such an amazing charity.
What is the best part about volunteering?
I enjoy volunteering because I feel I am helping to support the work of this amazing and worthwhile charity.
What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a Mosaic volunteer?
Just apply; don't put it off! It's very rewarding and you won't regret it!