Impact Associate, Michaela Green talks about her volunteering experience during Lockdown.
Around a month ago I was plucked out of my one bed London flat by two panic stricken parents and promptly moved back into the family home as soon as there were whisperings of a lockdown.
Back here in the Midlands my home is directly opposite the local hospital and hospice. Like many I wanted to help where I could and offered up my time to them should they ever need it. Unfortunately, they needed all the help they could get. Just as the lockdown was announced the hospice was broken into and thieves stole one of their vital transportation vans for the second time in 3 months. This meant that volunteers were more vital than ever. So for the next few weeks I was on call for whatever they needed, whether that be picking up food, dropping off food and phoning lonely, elderly or sick members of the community. At one point I even helped them do a bit of weeding round the hospice, and I have to say I am not much of a gardener.
It has been a great experience, although I do not get to see the people I am helping the posters of encouragement done by small children in the windows of houses is enough in this odd time. Thankfully, they are needing me less and less as they get back on track. I highly recommend people getting involved wherever they can, it has really helped me find a structure and motivation to my days.
If you wish to donate to the Myton Hospices then do feel free: https://www.mytonhospice.org/how-you-can-support-us-2/donate/#donation