Volunteer Champions are people involved with Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind who are passionate to support volunteers and their volunteering journey. They can be Trustees, staff members or volunteers.
What does a Volunteer Champion do?
- Talk to others about the great work that volunteers do
- Challenge negative views about volunteers
- Promote the benefits of volunteering, particularly around heath and well-being
Our Volunteer Champions
David King: Having been a Trustee for Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind for over three years now, I have come to recognise the importance of volunteers to the organisation. Not only do they bring a wide range of skills and experience to the varied roles they undertake, they also contribute to the wider development of the organisation.The Volunteer Champion role allows myself and other volunteer colleagues to promote the importance of volunteering within Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind and by doing so hopefully enriches the experience for existing and future volunteers.
Elena Zeniou: The best part of my role is meeting amazing people that have very genuine reasons for wanting to volunteer; a great passion to be involved in the local community and help drive social change in projects they get involved with. I mean, who wouldn't want to meet such interesting people, with a wealth of experience and knowledge - from life's experiences through travelling the world, to arts PhD researchers and empowered past service users that have inspiring journey's to tell. I feel privileged to be meeting such people every day, that want to help others ,and lead with kindness in everything they do. Volunteers rock! And I feel people should know - that's why I am a volunteer champion!
Kim Peacock: I decided to become a Volunteer Champion as, thinking of myself as really lucky to work in this sector, I’ve heard myself being a bit of a parrot about how amazing some individuals (volunteers) are and how volunteering has played a part in their journey to achieving, and maintaining, good mental health. Seeing the commitment from our volunteers, who give their time out of choice and for no financial gain is inspirational and, I know this bit sounds cheesy, but, seeing the good in others makes me want to be a better person myself.
Paul Christon: Having worked for volunteers for 17 years and experienced the benefits of being a volunteer myself, I feel passionate about ensuring that volunteers have a great experience and are recognised for the contributions they make. I see my role as a Volunteer Champion as driving our volunteer programme forward, making sure that we do all those little things right and raising the profile of volunteering.
Paul Wightman: I started in the support field of work 15 years ago as a volunteer and have experienced first hand the opportunities that can be available in organisations that value and develop their volunteers. I have been heavily involved in volunteers programmes in all my roles since and am very committed to ensuring volunteers are able to get what they want out of the placement as well as being beneficial the organisation.