“My name is Ann, I have been volunteering for Jolly Josh since the 28th of March 2018. I am 64 years old, originally from Milnrow, now living in Rochdale. My working life has been spent in many customer facing roles before retiring in 2015 following the untimely death of my eldest daughter Natalie at the age of 29. Her death left a massive void in my life. Coincidentally it was a friend of my daughter who introduced me to Jolly Josh by forwarding an advertisement for volunteers and suggesting that it would be “right up my street”. I contacted Jolly Josh and my volunteer role began from there. I have now been volunteering for over 12 months and it has changed my life. Due to my experience of caring for my disabled daughter from the age of 3 when she was diagnosed with diabetes, I feel that I totally understand the challenges that the families at Jolly Josh face and in a way we mutually support each other.
Volunteering at Jolly Josh gives me a reason to get up and go out, the play sessions are amazing with a different theme each week, I really enjoy my role and can’t wait for Thursday’s to come round.” Ann x
Ann is a huge asset to our weekly 'Stay and Play' sessions, as I'm sure our families would agree! Not only does Ann have some personal experience and understanding of the challenges our families face, she sadly has the personal experience of being a bereaved parent. Ann somehow manages to bring humour and joy to every week, I personally have cried with laughter in her company on many occasions, yet she can also sit alongside our families and listen to concerns and anxieties, offering a genuine, kind and caring ‘shoulder.’ Ann is incredibly welcoming, friendly and approachable and I’m sure that our families would agree that she is of great value to Jolly Josh at the weekly sessions.
If you’d be interested in volunteering at Jolly Josh qualifications are not a necessity, we value empathy and life experience. Please take the first step in contacting us, enquiries can be sent to JollyJosh1@outlook.com