Volunteers' week: Jo's story

It's Volunteers’ Week, so we are continuing our celebration of the fantastic efforts of some of the people who give their time to help their community.

Published: Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

For Jo, volunteering was already a regular part of her week, as she would help at the Stay and Play group for pre-school children on a Wednesday morning, which is run by the Kingsmere Community Ministry but as with other community groups, things have been different over the past few months.

“When lockdown began, I wanted to do something to help others in my community but, being at home with two small children, I didn’t know if there was anything I could do,” explains Jo.

So when the Kingsmere Community Ministry reached out for volunteers to help cook meals for key workers those who use the foodbank, Jo was excited to help out.

Fitting in volunteering with a young family can be difficult but for Jo, this hasn’t been a problem, as she tells us, “The best thing about this role is that it fits perfectly with family life. When I plan our meals each week, I make sure there are a couple of recipes I can double up and freeze. Then, when preparing my family’s meals, I can just make extra for other people.”

Volunteering around her children has also been a simple way to show her four year old the benefits of sharing and supporting others in the community. And when asked if she would recommend it, Jo said “I’d encourage anyone thinking of volunteering to go for it. Knowing that you’re helping in a practical way is so rewarding.”

For more information about the Kingsmere Community Ministry, visit kingsmerecommunityministry.co.uk

If this story has left you feeling inspired, visit oxfordshireallin.org to find volunteering opportunities near you.