I’ve always volunteered. Even when I was working. I’ve been on a number of boards, as a governor and a trustee. More recently I’ve been chair of governors at the College of North West London (CNWL).
Though I enjoyed making policy and it was rewarding to see action taken, I wanted more one-to-one contact, providing support to groups or individuals. I turned to Reach Volunteering. Our board had used Reach to recruit trustees for us and I had been very impressed with the process and the results.
Finding the perfect opportunity
Logging on, I checked the causes I am most passionate about – women and young people. For skills I listed management, but also face to face coaching and training. As a manager in the Home Office I had taken courses in coaching and training to increase my effectiveness as a manager. I have professional qualifications in these areas, as well as in counselling skills.