Lucinda Edwards volunteers in our Work Opportunities department, providing general support to our clients with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and helping them with their daily tasks. On top of that she does a lot of clothes sorting; taking the cream of the crop and getting them shop ready for sale. Here’s what she had to say about her time at Crest Co-operative!
Thanks for your time today and for all your contributions thus far in volunteering. How long have you volunteered at Crest Co-operative?
Lucinda: Around three and a half years – June 2015! (Editor’s note: Lucinda is our longest serving volunteer!)
What’s the best thing about volunteering at Crest?
Lucinda: The clients, when I visited Crest and saw the Opps team – that was it. I knew I had to volunteer here, and I’ve been here one day a week ever since!
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Lucinda: This is me! (Editor: cop-out answer but we love Lucinda so she can get away with it!)
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Lucinda: I like the theatre, the cinema. I like doing crosswords. I read a lot. I love historical romances and spy stories. I’ve recently been reading a lot of Tom Clancy actually! Another author I love is Wilbur Smith.
Do you have a favourite member of staff and/or volunteer that you like to work with?
Lucinda: No favourites, I’m fond of everyone!
Any funny stories inside or outside of Crest that you want to mention?
Lucinda: I got stuck in one of the big shop barrels once – my legs were dangling out of the end! The clients say the funniest things and they’re too numerous to mention… even today, one of the clients were telling me off for finding a pair of angel wings and wanting to wear them – “No! No! You’re not keeping them!”, they said!
Last question, why do you volunteer?
Lucinda: I get so much enjoyment out of it. It is a two-way thing. I love coming here. The staff are absolutely great, I get on so well with everybody. Everyone works hard. I also feel that by volunteering at Crest I give that little bit back our local community.
Thanks for reading, and join us next time for another Volunteer Q&A!