volunteers

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We are looking for fantastic individuals to sign up, serve their community and join our fabulous army of volunteers so that we can support even more individuals to improve their own lives. It doesn’t matter if you are an individual, a group or a corporate company you can join us and do something great.

case study

Ursula Baker

After retiring from a career as a literacy teacher in a local, Ursula was keen to find a volunteering opportunity to do something completely different and to give a structure to her week. She now volunteers in the office of RBLI’s nursing home, Gavin Astor House.

“I retired and I knew I wanted to do something. Having worked full time since having children, you look forward to retirement but the weeks are quite unstructured and so I wanted to do something worthwhile that kept my interest, and for me it was important to do something completely different to my previous professional life.

I had been looking into volunteering and then met someone from RBLI promoting volunteering and it seemed serendipitous. I came and had a look round and, despite living locally for years, I was surprised by how much went on in the village.

Ursula started volunteering in Mountbatten Pavilion, RBLI’s emergency accommodation for ex-service personnel, in 2015 by providing administrative support to the residents and staff. She then decided to spend her time supporting our nursing staff.

“After spending some time in Mountbatten, I moved over to Gavin Astor House to volunteer on reception and have been increasingly involved in the office side of things, helping to ensure that staff have easy access to all of the documentation that they need to do their jobs. I have also been led into the home’s archiving room, helping to develop a system that’s easy for people to navigate. I also volunteer interviewing delegate son the Lifeworks courses which is very interesting and rewarding.

“One thing that really appealed to me about volunteering at RBLI is the diversity and flexibility that is available.”

The wealth of opportunities here is incredible and built into that is flexibility. I said when I started that I wanted to be here but I might disappear every 6 weeks to go on holiday, and that was fine. Volunteering here has given me a structure to my week and yet I still have flexibility in my commitment which was really important to me in a volunteering role.”

Ursula has always been passionate about supporting people and one of the key draws of volunteering at RBLI are the people. Both the beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, create a diverse mix of people that she can interact with.

“I enjoy the interaction with different people and the fact that its completely different to what I had done in my professional life. All the people l I come across at RBLI are fantastic. They are very open and welcoming and include me as part of the team which is lovely! The Lifeworks and Gavin Astor teams are just amazing!

One reason I am really impressed with RBLI is that they include a whole range of volunteers. Coming from a background where young people I taught might struggle in the work place or to be independent it’s great to see that they are included at RBLI. I’ve met lots of people here that through volunteering can do something that gives them structure, help get experience, improve confidence and move onto the next step in their journey.”

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Gavin Astor House is a division of Royal British Legion Industries

Gavin Astor House © 2019 - All Rights Reserved

CONTACT US

01622 791056

gah@rbli.co.uk

Gavin Astor House, Royal British Legion Industries Village, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7NF