Over the last year, Preston Guild 2012 has offered thousands of people from Preston the chance to volunteer and become part of a community called Guilders’. Volunteer opportunities have ranged from event stewards to photographers and marketing support, and there are still roles remaining.Advertisement
We have asked several Guilders to tell us about their experiences, starting with Sally Henfield, who enjoyed spotting herself on the BBC and can’t wait for the Vintage Ball in September!
Hi Sally, what is your volunteer title for the Guild?
How have you helped as a Guilder/how do you hope to help in future?
I’ve mainly helped by acting as a ‘meeter and greeter’ at a number of events; helping with directions and timetables. I’m also been put to good use packing down at events – unfortunately this has mostly been in the pouring rain. You have to love the Preston weather!
How often do you volunteer?
I work full time so I mostly do my volunteering work at weekend events.
Why have you volunteered?
I wanted to get involved in the Guild celebrations, but actually do something helpful at the same time. I also wanted to meet new people and represent my home town. Plus I wanted a turquoise t-shirt!
What is your favourite memory from volunteering?
Dancing on the edge of the performance ring at the Preston Passion and being able to watch myself back on BBC I-player, shouting “Look!You can see me! I am near bus stand 24!!”
What do you like to do with your time besides volunteering for the Guild?
I like going to the gym – mostly because I try to keep myself fit so I can complete stupid challenges like trekking in Peru or climbing Ben Nevis. I love all things vintage; reading; films; hanging out with my friends and disco dancing.
What would you say to persuade others to volunteer?
Everyone that you meet is so friendly – both the other Guilders and the people who are coming to the events to take part in them. People are really happy that you’re there to give them a smile and some information and you feel like you have helped an event become a success.
What are you looking forward to the most over the next year?
The vintage ball!!! No volunteering that night – I have my ticket and a floor length sequin ball gown already.