Kay’s Volunteering Journey

Ever wondered whether you could make a difference? The answer: yes you can! Read Kay’s inspiring story below and find out how you can get involved

I first became aware of the Medaille Trust last summer when my daughter asked me how she could approach Nationwide to fundraise for the safe house where she works. She explained that they wanted to make the garden useable and buy a barbeque so that the women could benefit from being outside and cooking together in the summer.

I was quite keen to get involved as my department at Nationwide regularly fundraise for various local charities. We are also given 14 hours per annum to use on volunteering/social investment activities. The work we do within our department to tackle Human Trafficking is one of our key goals and therefore it was a very apt charity for us to sponsor.

Last September (2018) we organised a tombola and cake sale which enabled us to buy plants (at a discount from some suppliers, but also some plants were donated) and a team of five of us volunteered to clear and replant the garden to ensure that there was colour throughout the year. We also purchased a barbeque, strimmer and some garden lights.

Following on from this, when it was approaching Christmas, we held another tombola, savoury bake sale, and sold ‘Reindeer Food’ kindly made by one of my colleagues. This raised further funds with which we purchased toiletries, slippers and beautiful throws that we parcelled up so that each resident received a Christmas present.

During February this year (2019) we held another tombola and purchased items of underwear and sporty bra tops as the house’s Service Manager advised that they were hoping to encourage the women to take part in some exercise.

In addition to all this, Nationwide has match-funded what we have accumulated from these events and to date the total raised is over £2000! I was also successful in nominating Medaille Trust for a Nationwide Community Trust Award – this came with £5000 to put towards positive activities for the survivors of modern slavery living in the safe houses.

I know that my colleagues and myself have felt a real sense of achievement from helping the women in some small way to integrate into the community and regain their self-respect. I hope to continue supporting such a worthwhile charity in the future.

More recently since Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020, I have created virtual fundraising via distributing candles to friends and family, and donating this money to create Eid Mubarak celebrations in the Central House for all clients to learn more about Ramadan plus enjoy activities and food.

I have also worked to nominate Medaille Trust for Colleague Grant in 2020, and during Covid-19, I have been informed that I have been successful with being awarded £8900 towards more activities in the Central Service.

Feeling inspired? Here are some thoughts about how you can get involved.

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