We’ve had a fantastic #volunteersweek here at SCA Group thanking our volunteers. We have many volunteers working across our group, from those who volunteer in our day centres, to those who help our transport team get people safely from their homes out into their communities.
On Monday 4 June, Ruth Marriott, CEO of SCA Group paid a visit to the volunteers at Cobbett Hub and Library, in Bitterne Park, Southampton.
It’s just over a year since SCA Group, Unexpected Places and the Friends of Cobbett Road Library got together to take on the running of Cobbett Road Library to save it from closure.
It’s been a great year for the library, which is now a community hub with many new activities taking place in the meeting rooms. The number of local people who have volunteered to help with the running of the library has been fantastic and we are very grateful to all of them.
Clare Petrelli (above) has been voluteering at Cobbett Hub and Library for almost a year. Clare has been involved with the running of the toddler group that meets at Cobbett for longer and decided to volunteer with the library side of things when SCA took over the running of the library.
Clare says that what she loves most about volunteering at the library is the sense of accomplishment ‘This is the total opposite to parenting, here I can help people and get the job done, I can tick something off the list.
‘Before I volunteered at Cobbett I knew nothing about the running of a library, I had no idea how popular the library was. It’s been great for my people skills and a good chance to talk to other adults. It has totally enriched my life as a parent, there is a saying that a change is as good as a rest and this certainly applies to me.
‘The best thing for me about volunteering at Cobbett is seeing how much the children’s library is used. I love recommending books to people and then seeing them come back the next week and letting me know what they thought of the book.’
If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering at the library or in one of our other areas of work then please email firstname.lastname@example.org