Celebrating Volunteers Week

We caught up with Jen earlier this week to ask her a few questions about her experience of volunteering with us through our OPAL Borders project. OPAL offers opportunities for older people to come together at groups for some gentle exercise, games, a cuppa and a lot of laughter and chat! ( It’s a great project, you can find out more about it here Eildon Housing Association – OPAL in the Borders – Volunteer Scotland

Hello! Who are you and what is your volunteer role?
My name is Jen and I volunteer with the OPAL groups in the Borders.

How long have you been volunteering with us?
I have been volunteering with the groups for almost 2 years now.

Why did you decide to begin volunteering?
I first joined OPAL as a requirement for my vocational training. However, it was something I had wanted to be a part of beforehand and I enjoy my role within the community so much I have continued it on.

What have you enjoyed most about your time volunteering?
I love being a part of something that involves so many people locally, as well as witnessing first hand the benefits and enjoyment it can give them.

What benefits have you experienced personally?
The afternoons that I spend volunteering can be the highlight of my week. It is a dedicated time that I get to meet new people, as well as catch-up with now established friends; it is time that is an escape from the busyness of both personal and work pressures.

Do you have any stories you could share about your time volunteering?
Going with the group on a day trip to the alpacas experience was great fun, it was something new for everyone and we had a great time

Would you recommend volunteering to others?
I would definitely recommend volunteering to other people. It’s great chance to meet new groups of people and spend a part of your week doing something you want to, instead of something you have to.

What would you say to anyone who is thinking about volunteering?
Volunteering is a great experience, you can get as involved as much or as little as you want to. It’s a great opportunity get out and do something different.

If you’re interested in following in Jen’s footsteps, please get in touch with us to find out more. enquiries@eildon.org.uk or 03000 200 217