Be inspired by Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to tell all our volunteers ‘you make the difference’ and to thank them for the important contributions they make.   We’ve asked some of them to share their thoughts & experiences, and hope their stories will inspire you to volunteer for FAIRshare too!

Sarah Thorpe

How long have you volunteered for FAIRshare?

I’ve been a FAIRshare director for three years, a volunteer role.

Why do I do it?

I’m passionate about working together as local people, for the benefit of the whole community. Daisy Munn, a neighbour when we lived in Walsall 20 years ago, said to me then that money management was a key skill that was needed, and often missing, for many local families.  There, we set up and ran a local credit union, to support one another in sensible saving and borrowing.  Here, FAIRshare works across Shropshire, pooling our money so that we can save together and, from that pot of savings, offer loans at fair and reasonable rates of interest to one another.  I live in Shifnal and I’m pleased to work as part of the team of volunteers and staff at FAIRshare to continue to make this available to our community around Telford and across Shropshire.

Other volunteering I’m involved in?

I coordinate a Forget-me-Not tea in Shifnal for people living with dementia and their carers, as part of my involvement with St Andrew’s Church.

Are you considering volunteering?

It’s so worthwhile to work together – a great way for us to share skills and to put energy into creative strong, inclusive communities.

Rose Gregory

How long have you volunteered for FAIRshare?

I have volunteered for 15 years.

Why do you do it?

I do it because it helps those who may not normally bank or be able to access loans.  I’ve enjoyed meeting lots of new characters including Freddie the Frog when we had a open day!  Volunteering can be very rewarding and for so little of your time.

Other volunteering I’m involved in?

I also volunteer as a school governor and for the Donnington Partnership.

Theresa Pirie

How long have you volunteered for FAIRshare?

This time I have volunteered for only the last three months.  However I was a volunteer for about ten years when Oak [Credit Union] and Fairshare joined together – again on the Supervisory Committee.

Why do you do it?

I enjoy volunteering because its good to give something back – and especially when it is a local group whose values I admire.

Any advice for someone considering volunteering?

Just go for it – if you don’t like it you can always say so, but you can learn so much!

Other volunteering I’m involved in?

I volunteer every Christmas to do the Christmas gift wrapping up Telford town centre for Hope House Childrens’ Hospice.  I love that too – and I work full time!!

Steve Wilcox

How long have you volunteered for FAIRshare?

About 6 months.

Why do you do it?

It gives me a chance to help others and work with some great people.  I received a warm welcome when I first arrived.

Any advice for someone considering volunteering?

Go to your local hub such as QUBE in Oswestry and ask about volunteering and pick something you fancy doing; there are lots of opportunities.  It’s a way of meeting new people and putting those lifetime skills into practice.

Other volunteering I’m involved in?

Shropshire RCC loss of hearing support, PCAS (an advocacy service) and Oswestry Museum.

Did you know are School Saver Clubs are run entirely by volunteers?

Click here to read what our young School Saver Club volunteers say about volunteering for FAIRshare – their enthusiasm & commitment is inspiring.

Could you spare a few hours to volunteer with FAIRshare?

Like many organisations, FAIRshare relies on the invaluable help and support of volunteers.  FAIRshare is committed to helping as many people in Shropshire as possible, and this is only possible with the help of volunteers and the community.

Click here to visit our Volunteering page for more information of Volunteering with FAIRshare.

About Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers’ Week is the UK’s biggest celebration recognising the contribution of the 22 million people who volunteer in their communities.  Volunteering is very rewarding and can make a real difference to the local community.  Click here for more information on Volunteers’ Week and making a difference by volunteering in your community.