A personal insight into volunteering at Nottingham Women’s Centre

Sue is one of our dedicated volunteers here at Nottingham Women’s Centre.

She has volunteered here for 14 years providing invaluable support to our training and support team. Not only that, Sue is also known for hosting staff parties, being a great event organiser and making extraordinary good cakes!

How did you first get involved with the centre?

I started here as a tutor teaching ICT to women, from absolute beginners to those wanting to improve existing skills to help them on the road to employment. After a year or two, I became a member of the Centre’s Board of Trustees, which was when I started volunteering so that I would have a better insight into what goes on here.  My first years were spent doing a couple of days a week on Reception so I certainly got to see all aspects of the Centre’s work!

What is your main role when you are volunteering?

I guess my main role is recording data regarding the many courses we run here at the Centre, but my work is pretty varied. I support Karen, our Operations Manager with routine administrative tasks and I’m always available to help out anyone else on the team who needs a hand.

What qualities make a good volunteer?

A willingness to learn and work as part of a team. A sense of humour is always an advantage too. We laugh a lot here!

What do you enjoy most about volunteering here?

I love (and appreciate) being part of this wonderful, ever-evolving organisation and working with such a brilliant group of inspirational and hard working women.


Our staff at the Lord Lieutenant’s Garden Party

Julia and Lisa were invited to attend a garden party at Caunton Manor last weekend hosted by Sir John Peace, the Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham. Sir John and his Deputies thanked Nottingham Women’s Centre and the other voluntary sector organisations on behalf of the Queen for all their hard work, particularly the efforts of all our volunteers. It was a lovely, very hot afternoon and they enjoyed meeting and getting to know some of the other charities and participants for the first time.

Garden Party 1