Jodie Jones – Volunteer Deliverer
“I am a volunteer driver and have been delivering food packages to isolated and vulnerable people across South East London over the past few months.
I am a Primary School teacher and was teaching my Reception class (30 x 4 year olds!) before schools shut due to coronavirus.
Volunteering with Voluntary Services Lewisham has been really enjoyable. They are extremely organised and friendly. They even help to get the boxes into my car, so all I have to do is drive off and begin delivering! I have not once turned up to volunteer without being greeted with a smile, even on busy days when I can see there’s lots going on! I feel very appreciated by the staff and the people who I deliver to. I have really enjoyed supporting VSL and the people who need the packages I have been delivering. It has been a really positive experience in what has been a very strange time.
I wanted to do something to help in my local community. The crises and shutting of schools gave me, as with most of us, time, which I used to search for local charities and things happening in my community. During this search, I reached out to Age-UK who then directed me to VSL, who I am happy to be volunteering with now.
I am so pleased I have been able to help people, in some way, during this pandemic, it was really important for me to do so. I have had access to things I know many people haven’t had access to during this pandemic. I have not personally struggled during ‘lockdown’ but understand that for so many people it has been a very challenging and difficult time and volunteering helped to further open my eyes to that. I think volunteering brings people together no matter how different our lives are and hope I can continue to support and share with my community long after this pandemic.”