I had a stroke two years ago. I couldn’t work for a long time but gradually I realised I was ready to contribute again. And then, at a meeting of my stroke survivors group, I heard about Reach Volunteering.
I was very impressed with the Reach site and with the fact that it offered opportunities for skills-based volunteering. I am a research professional with over 30 years’ experience both in the private sector and running my own business. I’ve worked in IT and telecoms, finance, healthcare, utilities and professional services.
I was also impressed that the application process was two-way . I could apply for an opportunity, or the organisation could contact me if they thought I had the skills they were looking for. I did not initially apply for the opportunity with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy as I didn't think I had the relevant experience. But of course they were interested in me for my research expertise, so my lack of experience in humanitarian issues was not a problem.