Volunteers - the lifeblood of Society

When was the last time you gave something back to your community? Maybe you helped a neigbour. Perhaps you volunteered at your local theatre? Maybe you gave some time to a community garden project. Remember the feeling you got from giving something back? If you're anything like me, it's a warm fuzzy feeling. My experience of volunteering has always been positive. Through volunteering I kickstarted my career. I learnt new skills and made amazing new friends. 

Almost 40% of people in the UK volunteer at least once a year. In 2015 volunteering was worth more that £22.6bn to the UK economy. So here's a big shout out to all the volunteers out there! 

As a registered charity, Settle Stories is powered by a team of volunteers. People help out from all over the globe - ahh the power of the internet! We have people that pop into the office helping reconcile our Petty Cash, helping with event promotion, helping with admin - the list goes on! 

The newest addition to the Settle Stories volunteer family is Jane Emmison, a local lady in Settle. We asked her to tell us a little more about her before we publish her first blog later this week.

'Hi folks, its Jane here, I am new to Settle Stories and hope to put a bit of a blog together every month about some amazing aspects of Settle Stories, this inovative arts deliverer. 

I have painted and written pieces of work since I was a child. I have completed variuous creative writing courses, written poetry and short stories, published a newsletter, have a B.A. Hons Degree and studied Fine Art in Brighton and Leeds. I was Married to a Medical Artist for eighteen years and now share an art interest with my friends. 

I hope to entertain you with my contribution to our monthly literature output on Settle Stories website.

So, bye for now, looking forward to working with you all.

Jane'

You can always find out more about volunteering with Settle Stories here.