7 June 2018

"Today I learned more about life in just one hour than in the past year" #VolunteersWeek

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, Royal British Legion Industries’ Director of Finance & Corporate Services Philip Defraine has been asking members from across his team to go ‘back to the floor’ and dedicate some of their time alongside our fantastic team of volunteers to get to grips with the great work they do.

Following Senior HR Officer Jo Trainer’s inspiring day with our volunteer team earlier this week, RBLI’s Head of HR Colette Kinchin followed suit, spending her day across RBLI’s Aylesford village

 “My day involved meeting numerous volunteers across the RBLI village,” said Colette. “I wanted to really understand exactly what they do, how often  they do it and what they themselves got out of the experience.”

Colette said she was absolutely blown away by the work of our volunteers. “Just speaking to them, I understood that not only had being a volunteer helped them all personally, but ultimately it was also responsible for bringing together the residents of our village into a community –  they shared time, space and experience clearly brings a lot to the residents who have the option of coming along each week.

“The volunteers that I spoke to had gained huge amounts personally from the experiences; Molly explained that she started volunteering to get work experience but in the process had gained lots of confidence in herself and is clearly well loved by the residents.  Shirley had been very depressed after losing her husband and taking retirement and felt volunteering had given her a sense of purpose and routine to her day.  She clearly loves what she does and not only gains herself but others benefit from her support and interest in their lives.”

“Volunteers are crucial to our organisation, they effectively live and breath the values of what we try to be – caring, interested and helpful to others. 

“As great ambassadors to RBLI, they add value in ways that cannot always be evaluated by looking at a balance sheet.

 ‘Today I learned more about life in one hour than in the past year – it’s amazing what you learn by talking to people’