Volunteer Stories

Two local volunteers tell us how volunteering has changed their lives

Kimberley's story

Like many young people, Kim struggled to find employment after going to university. To gain work experience and to help to build her confidence, Kim started off volunteering with the Environmental Sustainability team, where she worked closely with staff members to improve their communications and social media strategy.

“I have a visual impairment which affected my confidence before I started volunteering with the council. But the staff members have been so accommodating and helpful that I feel like an important part of the team. The skills I have learned have helped me find work with another organisation in the local area.”

Despite the new job, Kim still volunteers with the council, where she volunteers with the Bournemouth and Poole Food Sustainability Partnership. Kim’s hard work and positive attitude has helped the project move from strength to strength, which recently saw Bournemouth become the world’s first sustainable fish city. 

Julie's volunteering experience

As a mother and a grandmother, Julie was concerned about anti-social behaviour in her local neighbourhood. So when a leaflet came through her door asking for volunteers for a local Residents’ Association, it was a chance she couldn’t turn down.

“I quickly ended up becoming the Associations Secretary! It was a lot of fun, and we managed to clean up our area and managed to raise enough money to build new play equipment,” said Julie.

 “I ended up doing things I never have done before, such as taking notes and speaking at a public event, I was so nervous I was physically shaking! I now work for the council as a Resident Involvement Officer, something I never would have considered if I hadn’t volunteered in the first place.”