Post | March 2023 | Volunteer Stories | 1 min read

"I can’t recommend volunteering enough - make new friends and feel good!"

Written by GoVol Herts

Julie Fewings volunteers with the Countryside Rights of Way team and also Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline.

Why you got into Volunteering?

Following retirement from 43 yrs with the Herts Police I still wanted to use my skills, be helpful and add structure to my week.

I researched carefully to find voluntary roles that would suit my skills and interests. I couldn’t have done better!

How you make a difference? 

The conservation work keeps your countryside spaces, paths, streams, rivers and benches in good condition/ clear also enabling the wildlife and vegetation to flourish - it’s a lovely outdoor activity which also keeps me fit. I get such a buzz from the conservation work, we have such a laugh but also it’s amazing to see the result of your hard work - trees planted, rivers flowing and furniture repaired.

The Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline call handling is so rewarding, knowing that following a call you have helped someone take maybe their first steps to escaping such an awful home life. The helpline signposts victims / survivors of DA to get the support and help they need.

Why would you recommend volunteering to others?

I can’t recommend volunteering enough - make new friends and feel good.

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