Date published: 22 August 2016 by Anna Jackson
As a charity, we need help to increase awareness of our services across the UK. Our Community Ambassadors play a key role in this by telling ‘the Rainbow Trust story’ in their local community. Hear from Angela, Community Ambassador, as she shares what inspired her to get involved.
I first started volunteering for Rainbow Trust in 2003, helping with fundraising at events. In 2006 I was asked to take on the role of an Ambassador. I believe my involvement for thirteen years speaks for itself. If you love meeting people this is the volunteering role for you! The office are very supportive and are always on hand for advice and help.
The reason I chose to support Rainbow Trust was because a friend of mine had lost a child to leukaemia. I saw at first-hand what a traumatic time it was for her and her family. If only she had had something like Rainbow Trust to help, it would have been so much easier for her.
Since then, I have visited schools, scout and guide groups, Rotary clubs and other clubs to talk about how the charity was set up, and the thousands of families with seriously ill children who are supported by Rainbow Trust every year. My presentation can last from anything between 15 minutes and one hour, it just depends on what the group want.
I am not always available when asked, but the office are always very understanding, and more importantly, there is no pressure! After all I am a volunteer.
Working as an Ambassador for Rainbow Trust provides me with a great sense of achievement and satisfaction, and also knowing the role is very important in helping with fundraising and to lift the profile of the charity. Finally, I would urge you to please, please get involved in whatever capacity. You will not regret it!
“Angela has been volunteering with Rainbow Trust for 13 years and originally started volunteering by doing gardening at Rainbow House. After the houses closed, she went on to help at cash collections, take part in fundraising events and even ran a Father Christmas training workshop! Angela also gives up her valuable time to raise the profile of Rainbow Trust by going out and giving talks about our work and attending cheque presentations in her local community.”
Inspired to get involved and spread the word of Rainbow Trust in your local community? Become a Community Ambassador.