Volunteers' Week: Our Tuesday Volunteers!

To celebrate Volunteers' Week 2017, we will be posting interviews with some of the wonderful people who support Headway and our members throughout the year. Our volunteers make a huge difference to our team, and we couldn't do what we do without them!

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Brian volunteering in the arch

Today we share a snippet of Brian's story, who previously featured on Who Are You Now? and has been volunteering at Headway for over a decade.

I’ve always enjoyed volunteering in the arch, the art studio at Headway. It’s somewhere I can have a laugh. I feel I can give the members a lot, and share my skills with them. I love giving that to the members – just to see their faces when they’re drawing and painting, to see that satisfaction in them when they finish their work. We have exhibitions, and they come along and see their own paintings up. They love it. And I love giving that, I love giving to the members.

I feel God has given me a purpose to be here. At Headway. This is my zest for life – being here for the members. And the members give me something as well. They give me confidence, and I give them confidence. That’s the nice thing about Headway. It’s not one-sided. If you walk into Headway you can’t tell who’s who, who’s a volunteer, who’s a member, who’s staff. It’s a good place to be.

It feels like God’s saying to me: you’ve had that head injury for a reason. That’s what it feels like. I’ve done this for a reason. Given me a new life. That’s what it feels like to me. That’s what God’s done. When I was 16. At that time, that moment on that motorbike. God said

“I’m going to give you a new life.” When I think back, I think that’s what he done for me. That’s why I’m at Headway now. That’s why I’m at Headway today. New life. Here’s a new lease of life, take it. Here’s a second chance, take it. And that’s what I done.’

To read all of Brian's story please visit Who Are You Now?- our life stories project.

If you are interested in volunteering please visit our Volunteer page and get in touch!

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Assisting on one of the sculpture projects