Lesley Kennedy - Volunteer Data Processor
Ten years ago I left full time employment as a management consultant to focus on raising a family. Now the children are at school and I have more free time, I decided to look for a volunteering opportunity that
would allow me to update my I.T. skills and prove to myself that I could still organise my time and function within an office environment. I have always been very interested in wildlife and also enjoy a good excel
spreadsheet, so volunteering at TWIC has been ideal.
Paul Barclay - Volunteer Data Processor
Having suffered from mental health problems for many years I began volunteering in the Conservation sector, partly as therapy and partly as a way of building my experience.
TWIC were one of the organisations kind enough to take me on and I spent one day a week in their office helping to process paper wildlife records into a more modern format.
This was incredibly rewarding in every way, I was able to learn a huge amount about nature and biological recording and after a few sessions began to feel really in touch with the recorders who had spent so much of their time and energy documenting the world around them.
In addition I gained some fantastic experience of working in an office environment with a great team of people and built some life and work skills which made a real difference when applying for, and gaining, employment in the sector.