Taryn Cranswick

1. What’s your volunteer role?
Befriender. I visit someone in their own home and spend time with them.

2. How long have you been a volunteer?
Since April 2018.

3. Why did you get involved?
I’d been supporting and spending time with my elderly neighbour. After he passed away in January I felt a big hole in my life and decided to do something meaningful.

4. Three words that sum up BEA for you?
Rewarding, local, community.

5. What do you get out of volunteering?
It’s really rewarding. I really enjoy it. They’re helping me and enhancing my life too.

6. What else do you like doing?
I enjoy baking. My specialities are victoria sponge cake and chocolate brownies. I also spend time walking my dog – sometimes therapeutic and sometimes a nightmare! And I have a full time job, as a PA at Leeds Beckett University.

7. Where were you born?
At the LGI. I’ve lived in Leeds all my life, in Bramley since 2010.

8. What’s your favourite film?
The Holiday (Nancy Meyers, 2006) – I love a romcom!

9. And your favourite book?
I like autobiographies, especially by actors and actresses.

10. Tell us one interesting fact about yourself
In 1998 I won a competition to meet the Spice Girls. One of the most bizarre moments of my life was to see my mum chatting with Mel B (who grew up in Burley) as if they’d known each other for years!

July 2018