After 38 years of teaching, I was looking for an organisation where I could use the skills and experience that I had gained. I was a child protection officer, which involved multi-agency working and supporting young people and their families. I wanted to continue with a similar kind of role where I could share my experience and skills to benefit families.
I have been volunteering with SNAP Cymru for a three years working from the Llanelli office covering Carmarthenshire. I support families with casework, at school meetings, multi-agency meetings and through the telephone helpline. I recently started delivering training to Early Years providers.
I feel like I have gained a lot personally. It gives structure to my life. I’m a person of routine, and I enjoy being involved with people and other professionals. I have time now that I’m retired, and feel like I can give something back. I feel valued, and I feel that I can make a valuable contribution.