Volunteering offers you the chance to get involved in a project or with an organisation you really care about as well as an opportunity to meet new and like-minded people. It also gives you the chance to try out something different which may lead on to new career options or the confidence to get back to work. Even a small commitment can have a lasting effect on our organisation and the people it represents.
Volunteering opportunities come in many different guises, from long-term regular commitments to one-off individual or group projects. Above all, it’s a chance to make a real difference. If you are interested please contactor WFDA Charity manager Georgina Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the Volunteer Information Sheet.
WFDA Volunteer of the Year Award 2014
David Pearce has been awarded Volunteer of the Year Award 2014. David is the WFDA Treasurer and is amply qualified for this role as he is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in the Charity and Voluntary Sector for over thirty years. He has a personal interest in dyslexia as his youngest daughter; his sister and one of her daughters have all been diagnosed as dyslexic.
Initially his involvement with WFDA started when he assisted his wife, Elly during her time as Treasurer of the association. In November 2012 he became a trustee, and has subsequently taken over Elly’s role as Treasurer. David has become the bedrock of our charity, without his support, guidance and experience our solid financial position would not have been achieved. David works tirelessly for us and we are all truly grateful for his commitment and steadfastness.
WFDA Volunteer of the Year Award 2013
The winner of the Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association Volunteer of the Year Award 2013 has been chosen as Norma Regnier. Norma has made an outstanding contribution to our charity by giving up her personal time and energy to support local people that have dyslexia. She has been involved in volunteering with us unpaid for an amazing 250 hours over the year (maybe more as she works from home taking calls) and she supports us in a wide variety of ways.
Norma’s grandson attends our classes and she offered to help after attending an Award night for our students. Norma is a retired secretary and she proposed to take on some of the administration duties. She told us that …
Working along side Sheena, she co-ordinates the screening bookings for children, young people and adults, recording details and reminding people of their appointments. Sheena in support of this nomination said ‘Everything she does is with a smile and is always willing to volunteer, whatever the task. She really is a star and I honestly don’t know what I would do without her help’.
Norma has supported Helen by collating the enormous amount of monitoring data WFDA produces in to an accessible report that is useful in our funding bids. ‘It can be very isolating working from home alone and I look forward to working with Norma as she has such a positive can-do attitude to taking on tasks, nothing fazes her’.
But beyond the administrative supportive Norma has willingly been the receptionist at the Summer Transition Club, welcoming and reassuring the nervous children attending. When required she has supported Sheena our Class Co-ordinator at the classes at particularly busy sessions. Norma has also got involved in our fundraising and promotion. Along side another one of our volunteers, Samina Sadi they ran a combined WFDA and MacMillian cake stall at our classes. Norma worked with Helen at their stand at the Big Lottery Funded family Conference organised by the Lloyd Park Children Centre. Norma has always been willing to donate much needed raffle prizes including a very popular bread maker!
Also, she enthusiastically helped set up the Class of 2013 party – although she didn’t get to have a go on the Bucking Bronco or wear a Sumo outfit. Her dedication in putting the needs and welfare of others before herself makes her an ideal and deserving winner of this Year’s Award.