Meet the Team: Infoline Volunteer

Back December 13th, 2017

Tell us a bit about yourself

I have had two careers before retiring in 2013. I spent 24 years as a primary teacher.  I left because of ill health.  I subsequently retrained as a careers adviser and due to job cuts I worked in Devon for three years before returning to the northwest to work at Bolton College.   I have suffered from depression for most of my career.   This led to my absence from work for periods from one to two months to over six months.

What made you volunteer with AUK?

I decided to work as a volunteer for Anxiety UK because I wanted to give something back.  I have had many varying episodes of working with a variety of psychiatrists, mental health nurses and other NHS professionals.  I felt that I had a lot of experience as a user in Mental Health.

What have you learnt about anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression since starting your volunteering?

I have learnt that there is a tremendous variety of people of all ages who suffer from anxiety.

What have you learnt about anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression since starting your volunteering?

I have learnt that there is a tremendous variety of people of all ages who suffer from anxiety.

What’s the best thing about volunteering?

The best thing about volunteering is when you connect with people and know that you are making a difference to people’s lives.

Why do you think people should join to be a member of AUK?

People can become volunteers because they have a wide experience of life and will gain from sharing their life experiences.

What in your opinion is the best service or resource AUK offers?

There are many benefits people can gain from Anxiety UK, from talking on the phone to buying useful resources to becoming a member.

What do you hope to do with the knowledge and experience you have gained from AUK.

I hope to pass my experience on to people suffering from mental health problems whilst I continue to work at Anxiety UK.

What would you say to someone thinking about joining AUK to get support for themselves?

I would ask them to consider the benefits they could gain and how this could change their lives.

 

If you would like to volunteer on our Infoline check out how to do so here 

 

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