Volunteers' Week 2021
Across the UK this week is Volunteers’ Week from 1st - 7th June, which is an annual celebration highlighting the contribution and difference that volunteers make in their communities.
It is a great opportunity for us to say an extra special thank you to our own volunteers and to let our members know a bit more about our brilliant team.
We’d like to encourage you to join us in recognising volunteers that helped during the last 12 months and also to thank those who usually volunteer but have not been able to because of the pandemic.
So what do our volunteers do? You can read all about the team by clicking here!
Further down the page you will find lots of volunteer stories from our team, covering various roles within our organisation!
The past year
The last year in particular has really highlighted yet again how lucky we are to have our volunteer roles in place. Their crucial contribution has not stopped, despite the uncertain times we have found ourselves in, and will continue as an important part of the nation’s recovery.
As our volunteer team is spread across the whole of the UK and ROI, the majority of volunteers have home-based roles. This has meant that during lockdown, our Helpline Operators and Telephone Buddies have still given their time safely from their homes when answering calls, and Fundraisers, Campaigners and Ambassadors have been getting creative with ideas and sharing our information online.
Despite Local Support Groups not being able to meet face-to-face, our Area Coordinators have been committed to keeping in contact with their group members through regular newsletters and sharing our medical advice. Some have even been running Zoom meetings to keep everyone connected!
The extremely knowledgeable Medical Committee have been with us from the start, providing medical guidance for us to share with our community of patients, even when government guidelines were changing rapidly. They have consistently been there to answer any questions we had, despite being extremely busy themselves working for the NHS. And our Trustees have helped guide the team through some difficult decisions, setting us on the right path to do what’s best for the charity during this time.
The Foundation would never have achieved as much as we have done without our volunteers’ and we want to give them a huge thank you for their outstanding commitment, from all the staff at The Pituitary Foundation. The support they provide to patients, the awareness they raise and the contribution they make to our charity and the pituitary community is invaluable.
Read a selection of our volunteer stories here:
- Joy's story - Area Co-ordinator, Telephone Buddy & Helpline Operator
- Phil's story - Trustee and Office Volunteer
- Indi's story - Medical Committee
- Annie's story - Area Co-ordinator and Telephone Buddy
- Sarah's story - Fundraising Ambassador
- Steve's story - Ambassador and Telephone Buddy
- Pauline's story - Area Coordinator of Cushing's online group
- Martha's story - Helpline Operator
- Jess' story - Fundraising Ambassador
- David's story - Area Coordinator in Birmingham
- Suzanne's story - Campaigner
- Hilary's story - Helpline Operator
- John's story - Area Coordinator in Oxford
- Jenifer's story - Trustee
- Ann's story - Helpline Operator
- Martin's story - Area Coordinator in Newcastle
- Dominika's story - Campaiger & Area Coordinator
- Nick's story - Telephone Buddy
- The role of a Helpline Operator
Please note: if anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer, at present we are at full capacity and are trying not to exceed this to ensure that we have the resources to be able to support each volunteer adequately in their roles. However, do monitor our website and social media in the next few months as we will always advertise if we are recruiting for a specific role. You are also welcome to get in contact anyway to express an interest and we can keep your information on file in case anything comes up. Thank you for your understanding!