Volunteer's Week 2020 - Louise

Volunteer's Week 2020 - Louise

1st June, 2020

I started volunteering at The Hub nearly 4 years ago, because I had retired and had time on my hands. I wanted to be useful and spent a lot of time thinking about where I could volunteer. Headway Cambridgeshire helped my son when he had his brain injury so I decided that’s where I wanted to go and give something back.

My role as a volunteer is to support clients in sessions 1:1 or in small groups, socialising at breaks, washing up, anything I can do to help! I'm missing my day at The Hub while we’re in lockdown but I've still been helping out by having weekly well-being phone calls with a couple of the clients to keep them connected, which is lovely and it keeps me busy !

Since volunteering, I understand better the difficulties of brain injury and this has enabled me to relate to my son more and his own challenges. People with a brain injury have so much to offer and can make a difference to others too. No matter the differences, fundamentally people are people. You shouldn’t be written off just because you have a brain injury; you still have so much to contribute.  

Volunteering makes me happy and fulfilled - I really enjoy being with everyone at Headway Cambridgeshire. People may think volunteering is just about helping the organization or people you are with but it is reciprocal.  The clients give more to me than I do to them! I can’t imagine my life without it, I love it. I feel like myself when I’m at Headway Cambs- like the old Louise. Before I found Headway Cambs, I was at a point in my life where I had retired, had been ill, my son had his brain injury and I was feeling anxious about it all, so volunteering has been my lifeline, the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s helped me find a purpose and a focus and I learn everyday.

If you’re thinking about volunteering – definitely go for it, jump in with both feet!

I struggled with a lot of issues, especially how I felt my father’s personality had changed and Headway Cambridgeshire helped me a lot at that time in my life. They made me feel much less alone and I’ll always be grateful for that.