Leah Byrne – Volunteer Dog Walker – Lewisham Local
“I’m a phone befriender and a Volunteer PA with Lewisham Local – which has included collecting prescriptions or shopping for people who are shielding, and walking Piloup the dog while his owner is shielding.
Normally (outside of lockdown!) I work running educational events for schools and community programmes at a cinema group. At the moment I am furloughed, so I signed up for a number of volunteering opportunities so that I could be contributing something to people that were affected. Lewisham Local meant I could help support people in my local community.
Lewisham Local contact me every time they have someone who needs some assistance, and if I can manage it, they pass on the details of the job and I contact the individual to arrange when I will be able to get them what they need. I have a pre-paid card so that I don’t need to worry about collecting cash/being reimbursed for any purchases.
I’ve really enjoyed volunteering – I’ve met some lovely people (at a distance, of course) and it feels like I am contributing something. Personally I think my mental health has been improved by volunteering as it makes me feel useful and keeps me busy. And I love dogs but don’t have one of my own, so getting to walk a dog every other day is a real bonus!”