"I love doing events and engaging with the local community as you get to hear some great stories and meet fantastic people"
Meet Margaret Smith, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator at Age UK Herfordshire
Did your journey to working for Age UK Herts begin as a volunteer? If so, how?
I wasn’t a volunteer for Age UK Hertfordshire, but I applied for my role as Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator as I had previously been a volunteer with the Scouts Association in different roles for over 11 years (with my last role of 2 years being the Group Scout Leader which involved recruitment of volunteers). I felt I had a good understanding of volunteering in the community and the challenges faced (particularly following Covid), so I was ecstatic when I got the role. When you have been a volunteer yourself, you can use your personal experience to engage with people to show how rewarding it is.
What is the thing you enjoy the most about working as a Volunteer Manager & why?
I love doing events and engaging with the local community as you get to hear some great stories and meet fantastic people, plus it’s also a great way to get local businesses involved. Not to mention the buzz you get when you do recruit a volunteer who you know is going to enrich a person’s life in the community! I also enjoy attending local networking events as it’s great to meet other Charities / organisations to share knowledge & experiences as there is a great support network out there.
To volunteer with Age UK Herts please click on the link to view the current opportunities