Get out and about in your community

Quite often, when you think of volunteering for a charity, you think of sitting at a desk filing or helping stuff envelopes. While people might have this view, it certainly isn’t the case at Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. There are so many ways people can get involved.

At Rainbow Trust, volunteers can take on a role depending on their own skills and interests. Opportunities vary from helping at events, out in the community, working in the shops, joining care teams on family visits to working in an office environment.

For some, being out and about is a lot more rewarding. Volunteers can help fundraise out in the community or help run a stall at a local fete once or twice a year. Pam Brogan from Walton on the Hill, Surrey, has been volunteering with Rainbow Trust since March 2010 and originally helped the community fundraising team with general admin and donations.

Fast forward five years

Fast forward five years and she is a fundamental part of the community team. For the last 4 years, she has taken full responsibility for the annual Bookham Carol Concert in Surrey, coordinating the event, inviting guests, securing sponsorship, and managing behind the scenes. All in all, Pam now runs this event and has helped raise over £10,000.

She has also started a project researching synagogues and approached them for support during their High Holy Days. So far this year, it has raised an incredible £17,000 and there is more still coming in. Pam is a true asset to the community fundraising team.

“Volunteering at Rainbow Trust gives you the flexibility to work around your busy lifestyle. There’s no limit to the amount of time you give us. Whether or not it’s something you’ve thought about before, volunteering is a great way to learn essential skills while making a difference in the community” Andrea Kelley, Volunteer Development Manager at Rainbow Trust

‘As a Rainbow ‘office’ volunteer it’s a pleasure to be part of a great team of people, all working so hard for such a worthwhile cause’