I have three decades’ experience in education which includes teaching, writing, editing, administrative management, organizational overhaul and sales work. I believe the whole is always bigger than the sum of the individuals composing it, so am equally happy fronting up or as the quiet man in the background. I love teamwork, research, spreadsheets, record-keeping and making presentations. As a volunteer I ran a monthly poetry reading for two years and organized publication of an anthology, and was also for two years the treasurer of the Parent Teacher Organization at my kids’ school. Since returning to the UK in 2019 I have done some volunteering for a homeless charity. Before the coronavirus lockdown I had just applied for volunteer roles as a cathedral tour guide and with the CAB, both applications in limbo as of April 2020. I also applied for a volunteer post as an auditor with a credit union, but by the time I got to it the post was closed. My main motive in volunteering is that when I came home last year after 30 years away, I was shocked by the number of people that are struggling to get along. I would be excited if I could use my experience (and the good fortune I have had) to make some sort of positive difference in the bleakness of at least some of those lives. I am open to any role that would allow me to use the skills I have developed towards that end.
As mentioned above, on returning to the UK in 2019 I was struck by the problems many people face just in trying to live their lives. Homelessness is the direst issue that I regularly see, and I would like to get involved in helping with this. But there are plenty of other social, economic and environmental problems, and I would be happy to be useful any way I can. I am perhaps most suited to an organizational or research role, but also have plenty of other skills as outlined in the previous question. Not that I want to restrict myself, as my (currently on hold) tour guide application shows. I am open to anything positive I can do.