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We’re Proud to be Celebrating International Volunteers Day

volunteering hand tree

In June we shared a blog for Volunteers Week which included the 10 ways in which our wonderful volunteers help to make a difference. Today, Tuesday 5th December, celebrates a whole day dedicated to International Volunteer Day. For this day we would like to show recognition to our volunteers who have been supporting us on our #DonkeysToInnovators project so far. 

Throughout our From Donkeys to Innovators project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’ve had volunteers help us with community curation, attending oral history workshops, participating in archiving and digitisation processes, plus contributing to blog posts. We spoke to two of these volunteers who have recently been over at Redbank House working with Archivist, Heather Roberts, and Claire Turner  who is managing our project.

One of our longstanding volunteer, Avril

Disabled Living archive

Just a small amount of our photo archive

We asked Avril what she enjoys about volunteering with Disabled Living. Avril is one of our longstanding volunteers, and has attended a number of workshops for our #DonkeysToInnovators heritage project.

I came to the archiving project through my interest in many years of volunteering with the Kidz team. I have enjoyed the volunteering which supports giving people with physical problems the opportunity to be more equal. The archiving project is important for me as it shows the beginnings of the organisation and how far it has come today but still keeping the core ethos. Since I have the time it also allows me the opportunity to develop more skills and be hands on in a situation that needs more hands! I also enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded people.

One of our new volunteers, Kezi

Kezi working alongside Heather

Kezi working alongside Heather

Kezi has been involved in our archiving and selection process for what photos represent Disabled Living’s history the best. Straight from the get-go Kezi wanted to get involved and that’s exactly what she did on her first visit at Redbank House. We asked her what she enjoyed about her first experience volunteering with us.

I loved helping out with Disabled Living’s archive, it gave me a really great chance to have some hands on experience with cataloguing an archive for the first time. This is an area I would like to work in eventually. I loved looking through the photograph collection, which shows a wonderful range of day to day life at Disabled Living and how they have helped to enrich the lives of many different people over the years.

Thank you to all of our volunteers. You’ve made us so proud and we wouldn’t have been able to get this far in the project without you.

What makes you proud of your volunteers? Tweet us your answers, tag us on Facebook and/or Instagram.

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