Basically all the stars aligned, more by luck than judgement. Whilst reading through the local entries that BHIB/Brokerbility had put forward on the Aviva Community FundAwards listings, I noticed this group was based in my village and was involved with music. I had been considering volunteering for a while, but could not find any local opportunities and had simply not heard of this group. I made contact with the organiser via a link on the Blaby District Council website, and it just so happened the group were looking for someone to assist.
Putting a smile on people’s faces. Music is a great community activity. People want to sing their favourite songs, or learn to play instruments, or just listen to other people playing, whilst having an opportunity to chat and share a few jokes and stories over a cuppa. The relaxed atmosphere helps to bring people out of their shell and I’m really impressed by the way everyone is so supportive of one another.
There’s nothing hard about volunteering within an area where you already have a skill or can share your experience. If you want to do it, and have time to do it, then it’s easy. The hardest part of volunteering in this group is getting people off the mic so someone else can have a go!
It’s very early days for me (I have only been to half a dozen workshop meetings at the time of writing this), but the best thing so far has been settling into what is an already established group and making new friends. We are already working on improvements to a full set of songs, chosen by the group themselves, with a view to a fundraising performance at Christmas.
Just try it. You might be surprised how good it makes you feel to make someone else feel good.