Volunteers Week takes place between Monday 3rd and Sunday 9th June and all week b inspired have been celebrating our hard-working and dedicated volunteers. We have been shining a light on them all week, via our social media pages and also held a volunteers celebration event [pictured below] on Wednesday 5th June. See below to find out more about the volunteers we have across our Foodshare and Befriending services and find out how you can get involved with volunteering! 
Foodshare Volunteers 
First, we wanted to shine a light on one of our volunteers, Emma [pictured below]. Emma is a Volunteer Stock Assistant with Braunstone Foodshare. Here’s what she had to say about her role. 'I volunteer because it feels good and important to help people who need it, and it helps me build up experience for full time employment, as well as adjusting to a work environment. It also helps me connect more with the community…plus I like to organise things!' 
Next, we wanted to celebrate Pam. Pam is a Volunteer Foodshare & Pantry Distribution Assistant. Here’s what she had to say about her role. ‘'I volunteer at the foodbank because I like people and I like to keep busy. I meet a lot of people, customers and staff. I’m part of a team and we usually have a laugh. At the end of my shift, I go home happy because I’ve done something to help and enjoyed it!' There is currently a vacancy for someone to carry out this role on a Wednesday. To find out more about this, please click here
Steph [pictured below] is also a Volunteer Stock Assistant. Here’s what she had to say about her role. ‘I like volunteering because when I was in my time of need, I came to b inspired and they helped me a lot, not just with debt and the foodbank, but also with my mental health. They showed me that when people help each other and even just listen it can make things seem a little better. So, I wanted to give back and do the same.' 
Befriending volunteers 
Lesley [pictured below] is both a Talk Time Volunteer and at-home Befriender. Here’s what she had to say about her volunteering role. ‘Having experienced the support of others during a difficult family time, I was looking to ‘give something back. I have been volunteering in both a group and one to one capacity and can honestly say it has been very rewarding. To build a relationship with people that you support and to earn their trust and friendship means as much to me as it does them. Anyone looking to try volunteering will find the right ‘role’ for them and I’m sure will never look back’. 
Ogemdi [pictured below] is a Volunteer at-home Befriender. Here’s what she had to say about volunteering. 'I volunteer because I love helping and serving others, especially those who are vulnerable. Volunteering with b inspired’s Befriending Scheme over the past three years has given me the opportunity to engage with lonely and socially isolated members of our community. Identifying areas of need where the b inspired scheme can efficiently provide support has been incredibly rewarding.' 
Julie & Polly 
Some of our other Befriending Volunteers are Talk Time Volunteers Julie and Polly. Julie said 'I volunteer because I like helping people. Also, it has helped me meet new people. It has helped my mental health getting out of the house.' Polly said 'I volunteer because I have the time and I hope that I can make at least a little difference to someone's day'. 
Get involved with volunteering! 
There are always plenty of volunteering opportunities available with b inspired. You can find out about these via our website, social media and in the Braunstone Alert magazine. If you would like to volunteer with b inspired, you can fill out the contact form on this website. You can also email us  
[email protected] or call us on 0116 279 5020
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