The variety in volunteering: Ken's story
Ken started volunteering with SeeAbility in 2018, having previously worked as an electrician in our homes in Seaford. He was a familiar face to the team and people living there when he joined as a volunteer at Barclay House and the Bradbury Centre.
Over the past few years, Ken has been involved in a wide range of different volunteering activities. He supports people to a variety of places and activities, including trampolining sessions, visits to church every Sunday, carriage-riding, and even sessions at Sailability in Shoreham Harbour, supporting people in the especially adapted dinghies. Ken is an all-round volunteer who goes the extra mile to support people to participate in the community.
Since joining SeeAbility as a volunteer, Ken has been supporting in countless of ways, including planting the lively community garden. He works together with people to grow potatoes, tomatoes and carrots in their communal garden.
During lockdown, he stayed in touch with everyone, calling many of the people we support for a friendly chat, helping to lift spirits and maintaining that all-important contact and companionship.
Ken says: “The best thing about volunteering are the people we support, having a laugh and a joke with them, building and maintaining relationships.”
Ken has established such a wonderful relationship with so many people in Seaford that they often compete over who makes his cup of tea! He recently got married and has such a wonderful connection with one of the people he supports that he invited him to be the ring-bearer at his wedding.
“My advice to anyone who is thinking of volunteering is ‘Go for it!’ Until you try it, you don’t know what impact it will have on your life. Although you’re giving, you get so much back in return.”