Thank you to all our volunteers
As Volunteer Appreciation Week 2017 kicks off, our London and Brighton Volunteer Coordinator Simone Howard wants to say a big thank you to all our wonderful volunteers.
Every month over 300 volunteers help out, joining us to support people living with and affected by HIV across the UK. In 2016 volunteers gave us 40,363 hours of their time – wow.
From Ian Hardie in Dundee, who helps out with testing clinics and health promotion events, to Thomas Langue in London, who supports myHIV, each one of our volunteers makes a huge difference.
But that’s enough from me, let’s hear from the volunteers themselves.
‘I heard about the work of Terrence Higgins Trust from a classmate at university’, says Gill, 27, who’s a student in Dundee. ‘I decided to volunteer for them as a way to get to know Dundee, which I had just moved to, for the enjoyment of volunteering and also for some experience on my CV.
‘I mainly help out at the sexual health clinics called Men Only Tayside. It’s a service for all men but focuses on gay and bisexual men, where you can get a full sexual check-up and receive advice or help.
‘I’ve also taken part in some successful fundraising events and an outreach programme which targets bars and nightclubs in Dundee to raise awareness and inform people about the services available to them.
‘My most memorable moments are when you get a really good chat going with some people in the waiting rooms in the clinic. It’s great to have a nice atmosphere so that people feel comfortable using the service and remember it’s there after they leave or if they wish to come back and speak to anyone.
‘Volunteering with Terrence Higgins Trust has been very helpful to me. In my previous work experience I hadn’t worked directly with people in the community, so through this I have definitely gained confidence. I hope to one day work in public health, so it’s nice to get involved and get educated about the important ongoing Terrence Higgins Trust campaigns, such as access to PrEP.’
‘I’m a Health, Wealth and Happiness volunteer and I also volunteer for the People for People project as a Peer Support Volunteer’, says Robert, 62, who’s been volunteering with us in Coventry for four years.
‘I first heard about Terrence Higgins Trust in 2013 when I first used their services. The charity helped me out at I time in my life when I really needed it so I wanted to give something back to the community. I was also very impressed by the development opportunities through courses they give to volunteers.
‘My most memorable moment volunteering was at Nottingham Pride in 2015 when we were giving out condoms to the crowd – it was very well received. Volunteering ultimately gives me the opportunity to help others living with HIV.’
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|Simone Howard is London and Brighton Volunteer Coordinator at Terrence Higgins Trust.|