“Why do you volunteer?” “Do you have to be a nurse?” “Oh, I couldn’t do it.”

These are some of the frequent comments and questions I hear. If I had to describe Haven House in one word, it would be “smiles.”

When ever you visit Haven House, you will see someone smiling!

Volunteering was something that I always wanted to do, but never quite knew how to start; it was almost as if it found me. On a flight back from Glasgow on New Year’s Day, I was sat next to a passenger who told me about her career in nursing, sensing my interest; she suggested that I should get in touch with Haven House. In that moment I decided to make contact and the rest is history.

Coming from the travel industry it was a jump into the unknown for me but it has enhanced my life in so many ways.

Not only have I made some great friends, but I have re-discovered a part of myself. I think at one time or another we can all become wrapped up in our 9-5 day to day schedule and let life pass us by. Surprise yourself, do something different and become a volunteer for Haven House.

In the last year, I’ve been thrown in the deep end… literally! I jumped into freezing cold water on an arctic February morning to raise funds for Haven House at the Chilly Dip. I sold raffle tickets (whilst enjoying a night at White Collar Boxing) for the Corporate Fundraising Team, and I am soon to have my measurements taken to become Henry the Hound.

The only advice I can give you for volunteering is to take a step back from your day to day life and decide whether you can give a couple of hours a year or a couple of days a week. Become part of the Haven House team and see for yourself why the Haven House smiles are so infectious.

Find out about our volunteering opportunities.

Read more of our stories from volunteers Mary and Violet.