Meet Our Volunteers

We are incredibly fortunate to currently be supported by 13 volunteers and 11 trustees who share their time and skills with us.  Without their support we would  not be able to do everything that we do.  Here we would like you to meet just a few of our valued, and talented, volunteers…

 

Martin Pistell

Retired on Medical Grounds; Martin assists at our Headsmart Group, and undertakes grant applications

 

Why?

Having used Salisbury Headway support myself in the past following Neuro Surgery, and being in a position where I had spare time, I wanted to give some of my time to help those that facilitate this much needed resource in my area. It gives me a chance to use my skills and knowledge to help Headway and the service users, while meeting up with others who have an acquired brain injury to share our experiences.

 

Joyce Johnson

Ukulele Tutor

 

Why?

It’s a great privilege to be part of the Headway Group .  I feel very humbled by the the enthusiasm and positive attitudes shown by the ukulele players towards learning a new skill.  It is a delight and great fun to be part of such an inspiring group of lovely people.

 

Joyce has inspired our Headsmart group members so much after first coming to us in Spring 2018.  Since then she has come along to the group to share her passion every other week and supported the group members to perform in a musical presentation, alongside the Salisbury Pluckers ukulele group and The Village Singers choir back in September last year. Plans are afoot for an encore in the Autumn…

 

Hannah Carr

Senior Associate Solicitor at Novum Law; Hannah is also one of our trustees and runs our Twitter account.

 

Why?

Through dealing with clients who have sustained life changing injuries, it has become clear there can often be a gap in community provision and support.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try to redress that by becoming a Trustee for the Charity and working with our network of other volunteers to provide high quality services to those affected by a brain injury in their local community of Salisbury. It can be incredibly hard work as we’re entirely reliant on our own fundraising efforts but also incredibly rewarding to see what services and support the Charity can now offer.  I’m also the Charity’s Secretary and I’m responsible for their Twitter page – so it keeps me pretty busy!

 

Claire Donnelly

Local Council Administrator; Claire also runs our Facebook page.

 

Why?

I enjoy using my social media skills to raise awareness about the support that is available to adults that have sustained an acquired brain injury and also their families and friends. I regularly post about the charity’s activities and events and highlight the fundraising efforts of the individuals and groups that have raised money for Headway Salisbury and South Wiltshire. I find it rewarding to help such a worthwhile charity and I love to see people engaging with the Facebook page.

 

Sarah Ransome

Client Services Manager at Independent Living Solutions Ltd; Sarah is one of our trustees.

 

Why?

Throughout my career as a Social Worker I have been very much aware of the need for services such as those provided by Headway S&SW and how the specialist services can make such a massive positive impact on an individual and their family. I’m a trustee and attend committee meetings and get involved in organising and attending fundraising events to help the service to continue.

 

Interested in volunteering with us?  Then get in touch, we would love to hear from you and how you may be able to give your time to support our work.

 

Sue Williams

Currently unable to work; Sue facilitates our Warminster Peer Support Group.

 

Why?

I felt there was a need for this valuable resource in my area. I personally find getting to Salisbury difficult. I’d have to rely on my partner who’s also my carer being available. I know others who feel the same. I’m at a point in my recovery where I feel able to give something back and it’s nice to meet up with people who just ‘get it’ to share our experiences/coping strategies and enjoy a coffee with no pressure.

 

Why not join Sue at our Warminster Peer Support Group on the first Monday of every month; she will be at Coffee#1 in Warminster from 10:00 – 11:00 am for anyone affected by a brain injury who wants a cuppa and a chat. For all upcoming dates please visit Our Events