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In the first of our summer Volunteer Series, meet Izzy James, one of the super fundraising volunteers at our Daleside Retreat in Fenny Bentley, Derbyshire. Izzy talks about her role as a volunteer and how she came to know and love CHICKS.
What made you want to become a CHICKS volunteer?
"I started volunteering at CHICKS three years ago. Having stopped work and with three 'grown up' children, I wanted to do something interesting and worthwhile that could be completely flexible time-wise. When I started looking for volunteer positions, I was determined that I wanted to work for a small, local charity rather than a well funded national charity - it just happened to be a bonus that it was working for children and young people living in desperately difficult circumstances across the UK. CHICKS is just down the road from our home (I have lived in Derbyshire for 25 years now) so obviously the location was a factor, too! Knowing that you are putting something, however small, towards such a valuable and necessary charity means so much."
Tell us a little about your role?
"Initially my CHICKS work was very much admin based but the role has developed into a more project-based job which suits me down to the ground. That way, I can concentrate on one particular event for several weeks and then have time away catching up with my children. For me, the flexibility really does make it a perfect job."
What do you enjoy about being a CHICKS volunteer?
"We have a great team at Daleside and work together so well - most importantly, we have a huge amount of fun - pooling ideas for new stall locations (Chatsworth Horse Trials, The Tissington Well Dressings, amongst others). I used to be involved in PR, events and sales, in London, so it's great to keep those skills going - I get a real thrill from cold-calling companies for donations or raffle prizes! There's a definite buzz from fundraising, knowing that every pound raised is going to go towards helping a child in need. My 'teccy' skills are definitely lacking but we all help each other out - that's part of the fun in belonging to the CHICKS Daleside family. "
What challenges do you face in your role at CHICKS?
"We have had a fantastic response locally to CHICKS - it really is well respected - but we're aware that there are plenty of other excellent charities out there too. It's a great challenge to keep promoting local awareness - but then we all love a challenge, don't we!"
If community or office volunteering is something you could be interested in, please head to our volunteering page to see how you can get involved.