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Barbara, Community Tea Dance Volunteer

My name is Barbara I have been volunteering at the Barrowfield Tea Dance for almost 3 Years now.

I started off just unofficially helping out by helping clear up some of the cups after tea time. I then became an official volunteer through the NHS.

I enjoy volunteering at the tea dance and feel I play an important role over the year I have gradually taken on more responsibility such as making sure everyone has signed in the register, supporting people with their Bingo and dancing. I feel I sometimes act as middle man between staff and some of the group as they will come to me to talk as they are familiar with me as a local person and someone who has been there since the early days.

The part I enjoy most about working at the tea dance is chatting with the pensioners and building up a relationship with them. Volunteering at the tea dance has helped build up my confidence, I feel more confident about starting conversations with people I don’t know very well.

During my time at the tea dance I have seen a few staff changes so I am now one of the people who have been working there the longest so I feel a sense of ownership and responsibility to the tea dance. I love being a volunteer and I would recommend giving it a go.