I’m a BEA volunteer

Find out what drives our volunteers, what roles they take on, and what you could get from being a volunteer, as some of them answer our 10 questions.


Jessica BowieJessica Bowie
“Having lost my grandmother last year,
it’s really nice having a connection
with a different generation”



Taryn CranswickTaryn Cranswick
“It’s really rewarding. I really enjoy it.
They’re helping me and enhancing my life too.”



Susan Gallifant and Brenda EvansSusan and Brenda
“Just do it!
You can choose what you want to do.
Give it a try.”


Tim Staves
“I enjoy it and get the satisfaction of doing somethingTim Staves with Dylan
that’s not just for myself.”




Janette JonesJanette Jones
“It’s given me back my pep and vitality!”



Angela Yeoman Angela Yeoman
What do you get out of volunteering?
“…Working with a group of people I admire.”



Sarah Sweeney
Volunteering “puts value on my life and builds confidence and trust within myself”.



Margaret Gilpin                    Margaret Gilpin
“Needed things to fill my life –
this is very satisfying and I never get bored.”



Patricia Craig
“We’re all friends here and have a good laugh,
so it feels much more than just a shop”Patricia Craig serving a customer




Ian McPhail
“As I’ve got older I’ve realised the value inIan McPhail at the computer supporting the older generation. It won’t be long before I’ll be there myself!”



Kath Osborn
Three words that sum up BEA for you?Kath Osborn
“friendship, communication, company”



Christine Kearsley
“I feel privileged to have made Christine Kearsley
such a difference to his life.”




Marian Padbury
“If I start something
or join something I stick at it
throughMarian Padbury thick and thin.”



Jonathan Edmondson
“It has definitely given me a different perspective of
the local Jonathan Edmondsoncommunity, I have met some very interesting people and I have had a lot of laughs along the way.”



Harriet Newton
“I wanted to spend my spare time doing something Harriet Newton portraitproactive and worthwhile as well as meeting new people along the way.”



Beverley BradshawBeverley Bradshaw
“I work part-time and wanted to use my spare time doing something for the community plus when my father was alive he had help from BEA.”


Eve Corry                            Eve Corry
“Volunteering is a fantastic way  to get involved and feel part of the community.”



June Sharp
Three words that sum up BEA for you?
“help, support, friendship”


Kirsten Miller                                                                     Kirsten Miller“Not only have I made some good friends among the members I help, but it gives me a chance to have a break from work and get involved in the local community.”



Margaret Young
“I like meeting people and being friendly and helpful”

Margaret Young





Steve Hodgson
“I’m retired now and found BEA would give me
the opportunity to work with older people,
which I have never done before.”Steve Hodgson





Sally McHale and Edna Rose            Sally and Rose
“It’s a wonderful organisation” (Sally)
“I must have knitted a whole shop full of wool” (Rose)



Jeanne MajorJeanne Major
What do you get out of volunteering?
“Friendship with staff, volunteers and members, and a reason to get out of bed in the morning.”