Why They Became Involved
After taking early retirement from my role as a primary school Headteacher and an immensely satisfying and rewarding career in teaching, I found myself with time on my hands. My daughter had just begun her training as a volunteer support worker for WRSAC and so, my interest awakened, I decided to follow suit. That was 6 years ago and during that time, working with the fantastic women in this wonderful organisation has been equally satisfying and rewarding.The supportive, friendly atmosphere is second to none, and although the nature of the work presents its challenges, we manage to cooperate in a professional manner, share any burdens, have fun and laugh together, whilst encouraging many brave and exceptional women to move forward with their lives.
Being a survivor or child abuse and having spent 12 years as an adult in a domestic violence relationship I was at a point in my life where I wanted to give back to the community and support other women who had suffered abuse. I joined WRSAC as a volunteer in 2009 after seeing an advert in the Cornish Guardian. Working with WRSAC is one of the best decisions I have ever made. Being a volunteer support worker is incredibly rewarding and fits around my full time job. I love the fact that the organisation is a feminist focused centre and is run by women for women. The training you receive is of the highest standard and you are supported throughout your training. Once your training is complete you are buddied with another established support worker who will support you and ease you into the work. The volunteer support worker co-ordinators are always on hand if you need any additional advice, signposting or guidance.
I became a volunteer with WRSAC because in my personal and professional life, I became aware that only by women supporting women can the scourge of sexual abuse and domestic violence be survived - and fought against. WRSAC provides intelligent support and hope to volunteers and users with integrity and love.