7 June 2017

National Volunteers' Week - Gill's Story

Gill began volunteering with RBLI after retiring a few years earlier. She has used her skills, expertise and personable nature across the organisation to provide invaluable support to our clients and beneficiaries.

“I have been a volunteer at RBLI for approximately 2 years, and I love it!

I had worked for 20 years in publishing. After being made redundant I worked with a local Optician as a Receptionist and Administrator, a welcome change from the stressful world of Publishing! 

I moved to Scotland for several years and ran a Bed and Breakfast in the Highlands. My work had always been varied and involved working with people so I really enjoyed having people from all around the world in my home. 

On my return to Kent, and now being fully retired, I rebuilt my life and social contacts. My first contact with RBLI was at a stall set up outside of Waitrose. I signed up to have the grand tour and after being shown around and seeing everything RBLI do, I knew instantly that I wanted to try volunteering here. 

I have now been volunteering at RBLI for over 2 years and have had the opportunity to get involved with various departments including Mountbatten Pavilion and reception. At the moment I am enjoying my role within the Property Services team, supporting them by undertaking a variety of clerical tasks such as reorganising filing systems. 

Volunteering at RBLI has helped me to structure my week, meet people of all ages, and has enabled me to utilise my skills to support others, which means a lot to me. I feel valued and thanked for what I do and greatly enjoy the laughter and fun we have whilst working hard. 

I am so pleased to be volunteering here and I would encourage anyone to get involved and have a go. You will get more out of it than you think"