My name is Sandra and I have worked within the Health and Social Care industry for many years. Although I am currently living in Kent, I used to live in London – working specifically in the boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets.
I have worked with all age groups and individuals with varied disabilities and illnesses; my interests are caring for others, giving a listening ear to those who need my support, music, cooking, teaching, reading and travelling.
When the pandemic hit, I was furloughed from my job. Being so used to working, I felt incredibly bored so I made the decision to volunteer my services whilst keeping safe. I did some research and when I found out that the Renewal Programme was looking for volunteers for Chat Newham, I got excited. This the beginning of a new journey for me.
The moment I saw the information online I knew I had to apply, as this was one of my area of interest.
Lockdown meant many people became isolated, especially if they didn’t have family and friends close by. This isn’t good for mental health and wellbeing, however Chat Newham – the support freephone line set up the Renewal Programme in April 2020 – encourages people to talk to others.
I felt like, by volunteering, I was making a positive difference to the world, especially with the vulnerable and elderly.
The Renewal Programme means a lot to me, in the sense that it’s an organisation that clearly cares. It does so much for the community and provides many opportunities to individuals who can access the varied projects the charity offers.