Volunteer with Aspire
"Volunteering with Aspire has transformed my week and given me back a purpose"
Our volunteers really help make Aspire special. Each week our team of volunteers support beneficiaries and enjoy creative activities. Volunteers take on a range of duties from picking people up and dropping them off, helping to set up activities, making tea and coffee and most importantly sitting and talking with group attendees.
We are a member of Third Sector Leaders Kirklees and hope to achieve the Volunteering Quality Award. We want to make sure we work to the highest standards. To find out more click the link below.
On retiring as the principal of a motor dealership, I trained as a counsellor and volunteered with other charities such as Yorkshire Mentors. Hearing about the work that Aspire does - providing enriching experiences at the same time as helping others over 55, I offered to help.
I started with Aspire in January 2019 on the opening of the Sandy Mount group in Crosland Moor. I’ve never been one to watch someone struggling; I’ve always offered to help. Helping others, trying to make a difference and brighten someone’s day is something I enjoy doing and find it very rewarding.
As a Sessional Volunteer and Volunteer Driver for those who don’t have access to transport, I soon felt part of the group and I enjoyed the weekly meetings. Just making the tea, remembering how each person likes it can make them feel that little bit special. Listening to their stories and achievements is so interesting. Loneliness is a debilitating thing but when you take time to make friends with an older person that friendship is really appreciated. It’s rewarding to know they’re looking forward to seeing you again next week.
I feel that my background has given me the ability to see people differently, beyond their circumstances, but utilizing the life experience that many of us go through helps me to empathise with the Aspire members and volunteer more effectively.