Meet some of our former volunteers
Lesley Kennedy - Volunteer Data Processor
Lesley volunteered at TWIC for just over 3 years, from 2015 to 2018.
"After spending ten years in full time employment as a management consultant, I left to focus on raising a family. Once the children were at school, I found myself with more free time and decided
to look for a volunteering opportunity. I needed something that would allow me to update my I.T. skills and enable me to prove to myself that I could still organise my time, as well as function within
an office environment. I have always been very interested in wildlife and also enjoy a good excel spreadsheet, so volunteering at TWIC was the perfect fit. As hoped, this opportunity gave me the confidence
I needed and after three years I moved back into employment. I have not really left TWIC behind though, as I continue to volunteer with local conservation charities, submit wildlife records and keep in
contact with friends, all of which were introduced to me during my time volunteering with TWIC."
Paul Barclay - Volunteer Data Processor
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.