Iona has volunteered for Brathay’s Marketing and Fundraising departments for around two days per week between July and August 2017.
Name: Iona Golby
About You: I’m a second year Philosophy student from Durham University. I live near Keswick with my parents, and really enjoy walking, cycling, and rock climbing. I also work at YHA Langdale three days a week.
What motivated you to volunteer for Brathay Trust? I found I had some free time over the summer and wanted to gain some office experience with a local charity, preferably a children’s charity. I heard about Brathay’s amazing work with children and young people through a friend and thought it sounded like a great organisation to volunteer with.
What have you been doing for Brathay? I have been set a wide variety of tasks and mini projects whilst at Brathay, from making up fundraising packs and sorting donation boxes to trying not to break the paper shredder! Perhaps the most interesting task I was set was to sort through donations given to the charity and attempt to sell them. Donations ranged from outdoor equipment to children’s story books to limited edition prints.
What have you enjoyed about volunteering? I can’t think of a better place to have gained my first office experience- the staff at Brathay have been so friendly and helpful! One task I particularly enjoyed was a research task concerning donor stewardship, a topic I knew little about beforehand. I was able to expand my own knowledge by researching other charities’ methods for donor stewardship, and then make suggestions as to how Brathay could improve its own methods.