Find out what an average day looks like for Lynda, T.E.D. Volunteer Co-ordinator!
As any Volunteer Co-ordinator will tell you, there is no such thing as a typical day! It’s the very reason we love the job; no two days are the same. That said, there is a great mixture of routine administration, meeting people, training sessions and events that make the weeks fly past. Here, though, is a typical day:
I start my day with a good hours drive through the glorious Lincolnshire Wolds to get to Louth where I am meeting with a potential new volunteer. We meet at the library and after a good chat, an application form is completed and we make arrangements for the new volunteer to come to the Volunteer Induction session that will take place next week, here in Louth with two other potential volunteers.
I then walk across town to the Trinity Community Centre where I am meeting with one of their volunteers who delivers ‘Meals on Wheels’. This is a new venture for the Centre and it’s interesting to hear how it is going as we may be able to share volunteers to help them support the service.
On my way back to my car, I call in at Elizabeth Court where my colleague is hosting a Tea with T.E.D. and have a cuppa and a chat with our volunteers who are helping out. It’s always rewarding to see the volunteers at work and chat about how they’re getting on; there are usually positive stories about the people who have dropped in for Tea, Cake and a Chat. Today’s guest is the local PCSO who is there to get to know the local residents and answer any questions they may have.
The journey back to Sleaford takes longer due to slow traffic ( those tractors and twisty roads) but hey, this is Lincolnshire! Back in the office, I answer my emails, send out a couple of information packs to prospective volunteers and record information on volunteer records. Just before leaving the office for the day, I gather all the information, leaflets and paperwork that I’ll need for an early start tomorrow when I’ll be going to Mablethorpe to hold a drop-in session at their weekly Coastal Centre market-place event.