Meet today’s volunteer, Ian
After taking early retirement from his role as a civil servant, Ian decided to start volunteering. He chose to volunteer for The Eric Liddell Community, because he “understood Eric Liddell’s approach to life, and was inspired by his life and work in China.”
Ian volunteers for the Well Being lunches. He says that it has been a privilege that during his time volunteering he has been a trusted listener for clients. “There have been a number of clients who in conversation have spoken about distresses they have experienced or are still experiencing. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to listen to their stories and concerns.” He also enjoys lighter conversations, and “cheeky-banter” with both clients and his fellow volunteers .
As a well-dressed individual, Ian’s outfits often spark conversations about textiles and clothing, which are enjoyed by clients and Ian alike.
Ian views volunteer work as important to both the individuals being supported and to volunteers themselves, and commented that The Eric Liddell Community thrives from this dynamic, “The Eric Liddell Community is a community of people who freely serve the local community by providing additional support to anybody who might benefit from it. The fact that such support is voluntarily provided is very important, especially when there is so much cynicism and anxiety in society today. The Community, staff and volunteers together, is there for the sake of other people. It is a place where you can meet many interesting people with interesting stories to tell, and where friendships can be developed. It’s a privilege to be a part of it.”