Read how Jo and her mum became volunteer knitters.
Q: What is your volunteering?
A: Knitting Joey pouches to help with the bush fire appeal in Australia
Q: Who is it with?
Q: How did you find out about it?
A: Colleen told me there was an appeal for joey pouches and koala mittens needing knitting so I googled it
Q: Why did you get involved?
A: I broke my ankle and needed something to do to keep me sane. It also used up all my odd balls of wool left over from other knitting projects and was something my Mum and I could do it together whilst she was looking after me.
Q: What do you like about your volunteering?
A: It was easy to do from home, combined my love of knitting with being able to do something useful.
Q: Are there any challenges with your volunteering?
A: Not as long as you can knit. The patterns are on the internet for the different sizes needed along with an address to send them to in England so you just knit as many as you want parcel them up and go to the post office (or in my case send someone to the post office)
Q: What do you think is the biggest myth about volunteering?
A: That it’s difficult and time consuming. Knitting projects can be done as often or as little as you like and there are many different ones to become involved with. The beauty of this volunteering is you can do it whilst watching TV or in any spare minutes you have throughout the day.
A: What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting involved?
A: Do it. I have volunteered in several different projects over time (Victim support, community responder, Beavers). Some things are more time specific but a lot of volunteering can be done as and when you are available and some can be done from the comfort of your own home.