Each of our amazing volunteers has their own story about why they volunteer.
Let's meet... Pam Bertschinger
I have been volunteering since 2009 after my sister in law suggested that I try volunteering with Jewish Care. Before that I had worked for 11 years with Barnet Mencap.
At first I helped in the Fundraising Department, which was not very exhilarating, but the staff made me feel so welcome and part of the team. In the meantime, I noticed a Jewish Care volunteering opportunity for a manicurist at one of the residential homes. I went for it, and started working at Kay Court, (now closed) and enjoying the challenge immensely. My mother had dementia, so working with vulnerable residents was second nature to me.
The Volunteers Department was aware of my background in event planning, and asked whether I would be interested in organising the annual Volunteers Awards. I gathered quotes for catering and venue setting up which I thoroughly enjoyed and I assisted with the Awards in 2011 too.
The joy of giving is so satisfying that when I was asked if I would be interested in doing training for Befriending, I thought “why not?”, and now I wear yet another hat, that of Befriending Co-ordinator.
I now spend a day a week with the residents of Otto Schiff, continuing with my manicures and also help at Ella and Ridley Jacobs House, on reception half a day a week. The warmth and friendliness of everyone within Jewish Care is second to none, the support and training for volunteers if very professional. If anyone has any doubts about volunteering, just come along and you will be hooked!