Volunteer Co-ordinating in the time of Coronavirus

Volunteer Co-ordinating in the time of Coronavirus
June 3, 2020 CWan-Docksey

A familiar voice and face to many – Natasha shares her thoughts on the past few months…..


“I never thought I would be asked to write a blog, in a global pandemic, but here we are.

As my role as the volunteer coordinator, I knew a lot was going to change, so it was time to think about how we were going to manage.

I was straight into the food bank with my colleague Bev to think about how we were going to survive not having our regular food bank volunteer team and straight into looking at ways to see through this time.

Things were changing hour by hour, day by day.

With a system in place to deal with the increase of food bank parcels, it was time to move into working with the rest of my team that I had been assigned to, because at this point, the housing staff were now put into two teams to protect us all.

My time with the housing team so far has given me a whole new insight into the day to day of YMCA Burton. I know the faces of our residents, I am fortunate that my role as volunteer coordinator brings me in contact with those that we support each day, but nothing can quite prepare you for every day.

So far, the challenges are different but rewarding, it is nice to be on the inside, looking out.

It is a privilege when residents share their life’s trials with me and it has been humanising watching the team work together to help the most vulnerable.

All that I can hope is that we can get through this difficult time together and lead with hope for a future that will be filled with the capacity to continue to help the most vulnerable and I will always be happy to help in any way I can.”

Natasha Aishford
May 2020