Portsmouth Carers Service offers many Carers Break Sessions, including cookery and wellbeing. The sessions are supported by a team of fantastic volunteers, without whom we could not run these incredibly valuable sessions for carers.
Mike – Volunteer
How long have you been a volunteer and how did you get involved?
I have been a volunteer with these groups for the past three years. I heard about Chop Cook Chat from a friend, and I thought that with my 25 years of professional experience in catering I could put my skills to good use by volunteering with the group. Although you don’t need to have any experience in catering to volunteer at the groups. In general I volunteer about between 7 and 10 hours per week.
What do you enjoy about volunteering?
I volunteer at two groups the men’s Cook Chop Chat and help at Portsmouth Carers Centre and community allotment with the Carers Break activities. I like to encourage and enthuse the gentlemen into the joys of health home cooking and pass on helpful skills and tips. During the covid restrictions I also helped with look and cook, which involved delivering food and shopping with recipes for healthy home good meals.
Aside from encouraging others, and it’s very rewarding to see how you have helped someone. Some of the gentleman also benefit from the social interaction with other people, and that is the same for me to. I have made friends through volunteering, and I enjoy meeting new people and helping.
What would you say to people thinking about volunteering?
You need to be flexible to help where needed but you should also be reliable as if you have committed to helping others will be relying on you to come along.
I would say to others who are thinking about volunteering give it a go, for a few sessions before you decide if you would like to volunteer on a regular basis. The first time you go along to a group it can feel a bit daunting but it you try a few sessions you can get to know how things work and the people then you can decide if you would like to continue as a volunteer.
How to Volunteer
We have opportunities for volunteers to support our carers break sessions and carers peer support groups.
If you are interested in volunteering for Portsmouth Carers Service please fill out the form below, stating your interest in volunteering.