An interview with a Night Light volunteer
I recently had a chat with Michelle who has been a very active part of our volunteer team since we first began, serving on a team and also making regular befriending calls from home. Michelle has been an enormous asset to our team and has given so generously of her time, so it was good to hear a little more about what motivates her.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself?
I semi-retired in March 2020 and now work part-time, this enables me to have time to volunteer to support a charity that makes a difference to people in crisis.
Q: How did you come to be involved with Night Light?
I saw an advert on Facebook requesting volunteers so I made contact to ask about Night Light and after a call with Stacey I realised I could be part of this.
Q: What has been your favourite part of volunteering?
Making a difference and helping people in time of crisis.
Q: What has been the biggest challenge?
At the start considering my own well-being and to stay within the guidelines to protect the client and myself.
Q: Tell us something you have learned through this role?
It has enabled me to learn so much about mental health with the courses I have completed that has also helped me in my part-time role.
Q: What is one thing you would like to say to someone who is reading this who is having a really difficult time right now?
Please contact us, it helps to talk and we have many volunteers who are happy to listen and chat to support you during a difficult time.
For more information about the Night Light Cafe project, please visit www.actstrust.org.uk or find us on Facebook or Instagram @nightlightcafelincoln you can also call us on 0300 011 1200.