Volunteers’ Week - Hannah Bestente

Hannah has attended children’s residentials for over 17 years helping out at 15 summer residentials during that time.

Why did you choose to volunteer with us?        

“I was at university and trying to decide what field to head into for a career. I was attracted to the volunteering role as working with children always appealed to me. I enjoyed the volunteering role so much I really wanted to carry on.”

What does your role involve?

“I volunteer at a residential activity week each summer. It’s a busy, varied and fun role. We a help in a variety of ways from when the children get up to when they go to bed, with a range of activities. This can be anything from zip wires, climbing walls, shopping trips to help the children interact with people in everyday situations such as getting dressed. For some it’s the first time they have been away from home so it’s all about helping them develop their independence.”

What do you enjoy most about your role? 

“As well as a lot of fun, it’s amazing seeing the children grow in confidence and develop their skills over the week. It’s great to see their transformation and I find it very inspiring!”

How do you feel your volunteering role has made a difference?

“It’s a small chance to give a helping hand and encourage children with sight loss to do as much as they can on their own with the comfort of a support network and a fun and safe environment.”

What do you feel you have gained from volunteering with us?

“I’ve learnt to really appreciate problems people with sight loss face in life that I didn’t realise before.

It is something that I would really encourage people to do. Its nerve racking at first and I didn’t know what to expect but I would definitely tell people to apply and give it a go!”

If you could sum your volunteering up in one sentence, what would you say?

“It is my most exhausting week of the year, but I always look forward to what is an amazing experience and so different to my day job.”