“It’s amazing how rewarding volunteering is!”

We have a lovely volunteer in Life Housing called Oli Barton. She's been amazing for the clients at our Oxford House who have benefitted from her weekly/fortnightly cooking Life Skill sessions. She's been an incredible volunteer and she's made a real mark at the House. Here's our interview with her for #VolunteersWeek2023!

How long have you been volunteering, and what do you do at Life?

I’ve been volunteering teaching weekly or fortnightly cooking life skills since around August 2022.

What do you most enjoy about volunteering for Life?

I love getting to know the girls and their babies, earning their trust and bonding with them over cooking!

What has been your best volunteering moment?

The loveliest time has been meeting one client who was pregnant throughout our cooking sessions, seeing her pregnancy progress and then finally meeting her baby for the first time! That was very special.

What’s one interesting thing about this role that someone might not know?

It’s amazing how rewarding volunteering is –  seeing the clients grow in confidence in the kitchen is fantastic!

What advice would you give to anyone considering this volunteer role?

Definitely go for it! It’s very fulfilling and enjoyable to meet new people and feel you are making a difference.

Thank you for all you do, Oli!

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