Volunteer Stories – Kristy

I started volunteering in 1996 when I was asked by a family friend if I was able to help out a local group who were taking all the members to Disneyland Paris.

I was 16 had no idea what I wanted to do in the future and had no experience of disability other then spending time with her daughter who attended the junior club. I have been volunteering ever since.

I had no experience of learning disabilities prior to volunteering at Keynsham Mencap.

Initially I volunteered with juniors aged 5-10, I then got involved in play schemes and was encouraged to support the 10-18 year olds. At this time I really worried about supporting someone who was potentially older then me.

I remained involved with juniors for a number of years both supporting weekly clubs and holidays. In 2007 due to work commitments I decided to move over to support the adult clubs and have been involved in weekly clubs, holidays and day trips.

I support members to get out and about to the pub, bowling, out for meals, boat trips etc. I also support members to access activities within the hall such as arts and crafts, music, games nights and discos.

Volunteering gives me opportunity to try new things and enable others to experience new things.

I have met some amazing people during my time at Mencap, both members and other volunteers, some of which have become friends for life, I even met my husband who was a fellow volunteer.

Volunteering gets me out of the house and gives me a purpose. The buzz you get from enabling others to experience things we take for granted is a great feeling.

If you are considering volunteering then just give it a try, what’s the worst that can happen? The Members are so welcoming.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Laura by emailing laura@keynshammencap.org.uk or phoning 01179 865659, or you can apply online by clicking the button below. We would love to hear from you!

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