- What’s your volunteer role? I teach the Shapeshifters ukulele group, I’m a telephone befriender and sometimes help with volunteer recruitment stalls.
- How long have you been a volunteer? Since January 2016
- Why did you get involved? I wanted to try to make the ukulele more accessible, with my colour-coded system so people don’t have to read music. I was also increasingly aware of the impact of loneliness and wanted to be a befriender, but didn’t have time to visit someone regularly.
- Three words that sum up BEA for you? Friendly, engaging, fun
- What do you get out of volunteering? Wow…loads! Having lost my grandmother last year, it’s really nice having a connection with a different generation. The Shapeshifters group have created a little community, who share and support each other beyond playing music.
- What else do you like doing? I’m a community musician: I teach groups, and do private tuition. I love gardening, watch a lot of films, and cook, and I’m learning to play the banjo.
- Where were you born? Leeds Maternity Hospital
- What’s your favourite film? Clash of the Titans (1981)
- And your favourite book? A fine balance (Rohinton Mistry)
- Tell us one interesting fact about yourself I once won a prize for clog dancing, at Scarborough. (A long time ago!)