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Volunteer Stories

WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) provides training to all our volunteers, which supports their work within our projects and enhances employability skills.  

We encourage our volunteers to take advantage of the opportunities within our organisation for paid work and further training, and many use the skills they have gained with WHFS to gain employment in their chosen field.  We would like to share with you the experiences of our volunteers, and here is a selection of stories in their own words.

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Older People's Programme

Myra Garrett’s Volunteer Story

I am 83 years old and currently the Co-Chair and Older Volunteers Champion for WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services). Volunteering has always been a part of my life and even more so since I retired from employment.  As I get older I can’t physically run around like I used to, but I still want to be involved.

I’m keen to be engaged in the community and don’t want to lose what I have always been associated with. Being part of an organisation like WHFS allows me to still feel useful and limit myself where I need to. 

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Patient Open Consent Project

Isobel's Volunteer Story

I started volunteering at WHFS during the summer of 2014, hoping to get some hands on experience working with women at community level before starting my masters in Gender Studies at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies).

After a few months I was delighted to be offered a part-time paid role for 6 months with the charity, where I headed up a new project 'Patient Open Consent' and I also carried out some research into FGM in Tower Hamlets, culminating in a fantastic event at the House of Commons, "Hear Our Voices", showcasing the ideas of the local community regarding FGM.

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