We are delighted to have recruited two new volunteers to support our Welfare and Benefits Team. Please read on to hear from Nick and Abi, who kindly shared their thoughts on joining the Swindon Carers Centre team for our Spring Newsletter.
Nick Precious: Welfare and Benefits Volunteer
I joined Swindon Carers Centre in December 2020 as a volunteer. Before joining I was the sole carer for my wife who suffered from secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Sadly she lost her battle in October 2020 and passed away peacefully at home. Before being a full-time carer, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a locum pharmacist in various pharmacies around Swindon. Having been a carer, I appreciate how difficult and frustrating the benefits system can be to navigate, so I am hoping that I can help people access the benefits and support that they are entitled to. The current pandemic can be so isolating for carers, so hopefully a friendly voice on the phone will get you through the day. In my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening and cooking
Abi Bell: Welfare and Benefits Volunteer
I joined Swindon Carers Centre in December 2020, after having my very first job interview over Zoom! Learning a new role and joining a new team whilst working from home has certainly been very different, but with activities such as the virtual coffee mornings, it has been easy to feel like part of the team from the off. I first heard about Swindon Carers Centre when my disabled son was three-years-old, and since this time they have been a tower of support for my family. Being a carer myself, I know it can be isolating at times, but by attending events hosted by the Swindon Carers Centre, it gave me the opportunity to meet others in a similar position and made me feel part of something special. Before having my son, my previous roles have all been customer service oriented, as I enjoy helping others. This was something that I dearly missed, so when I saw that the Swindon Carers Centre were looking for a volunteer to join their Welfare & Benefits team, I knew it was the perfect role for me!