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Kirsty’s Volunteer Story
Kirsty Young has been supporting Strode Park Foundation as a volunteer for two and half years and it’s the fun and community feel of the events that keep her coming back.
Kirsty has had the chance to experience many different types of events in her time at Strode. From the annual Easter Egg Hunts to Theatre in The Park, Kirsty is always ready to help. There are many reasons people love to volunteer at the events. Kirsty noted that, “there is never a dull moment.”
Strode is an incredibly flexible place to volunteer at, we understand that your time is precious and we are grateful for whatever time you are able to give. Whether you want to volunteer at one event or all of them, it is up to you.
Kirsty said, “The events are very flexible and you can choose when you want to help but I recommend you attend as many events as possible.”
As a service user herself, Kirsty wanted to be able to give back. However, she has found the experience also helped build her confidence.
“There is a great support network here. You always feel welcome, and keeping busy for the day meeting new people really helps my mental health.”
The 24 year-old is currently studying Health and Social Care Level 2 with ambitions to work with children with disabilities. Kirsty has found volunteering has developed many of the skills she will need. Not only has she been able to have more experience working with vulnerable people but she has also been able to develop her organisational, team working and communication skills.
Volunteer and Event Coordinator, Sarah Bingham said: “Kirsty is a fabulous ambassador for Strode Park Foundation. She is a fun and committed volunteer who enjoys sharing the work we do here. We are very lucky to have her on our team.”
There are lots of ways that you can get involved with volunteering at Strode. Events, charity shops, driving or gardening, we always appreciate your support. If you would like to volunteer and join the team please email firstname.lastname@example.org.