Jessica Bowie

  1. What’s your volunteer role? I teach the Shapeshifters ukulele group, I’m a telephone befriender and sometimes help with volunteer recruitment stalls.
  2. How long have you been a volunteer? Since January 2016
  3. 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.
  4. Three words that sum up BEA for you? Friendly, engaging, fun
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Where were you born? Leeds Maternity Hospital
  8. What’s your favourite film? Clash of the Titans (1981)
  9. And your favourite book? A fine balance (Rohinton Mistry)
  10. Tell us one interesting fact about yourself  I once won a prize for clog dancing, at Scarborough. (A long time ago!)

October 2018