For day six of Volunteers’ Week, we got to speaking with Rosie who’s been with Options for a couple of years.

So who are you and what area do you volunteer in?
I’m Rosie and I do IT support training.

What attracted you to want to volunteer for Options?
As I was taking a break from work, I still wanted to use my skills and do something useful. Richard (Options’ Chief Exec) asked if training was something which I could help with.

What do you get up to whilst volunteering with Options?
I provide IT support, giving some Microsoft Office training to staff and volunteers. Helping them in using software such as Outlook, Excel and Word.

What has been your favourite part about volunteering for Options?
Meeting new people and helping them realise that IT isn’t scary and can do lots of useful things to make their work easier.

Why do you think volunteering is important?
It is a win/win situation. The volunteer gains experience, new skills and confidence. Options gets some additional help, maybe some skills which they don’t have and new ideas. It feels good to give something back.

If someone was nervous about volunteering, what advice would you give to them?
Options is a very welcoming environment, lots of tea and biscuits. You’re not going to be asked to do something you’re uncomfortable with, but it’s a great way to build confidence and gain experience. Once you give it a go, you’ll find there’s lots you can contribute to. The first step is always the hardest, so just give it a go.

If you’re interested in volunteering at Options or to find out more about the opportunities available, visit our volunteering page here.

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