It’s good to be back/your new VDO team in the SE!
Yes, it’s true! After a year’s maternity leave, I have returned; a surreal experience in that many things have changed and yet some things are exactly the same. I look forward to discovering more about what has been going on since June 2019, when I last communicated with you all. The world is a very different place at present but I for one look forward to embracing our ‘new normal’ very soon. My new normal is already somewhat different!
It is important for me to show my new son, Dylan, the passion that I have for the cause I help to represent in the SE, so I am thrilled to be able to re-join the team once more in our fantastic work for woods and trees (and their wildlife, of course). For those of you I haven’t met, I have a background across a range of charities in the field of animal welfare. However, it is my dream to be able to contribute to vital conservation work here in the UK by supporting the incredible volunteering activities for the Woodland Trust. I have such fond memories of our previous work together and am looking forward to creating more.
My joy of watching Dylan grow and learn, while also wanting to do something to inspire myself, means that I am grateful for the opportunity to return in a part time capacity to my role. This also means that Lucy Shea, who was providing my maternity cover, is able to stay as a permanent member of staff as a part-time Volunteer Development Officer in the SE, which is great news.
Essentially, this means that the region now has two VDOs – I will support the following Volunteer Managers: Phil Truluck, Kate Harvey, David Bonsall, Claire Inglis and Grace Davis, while Lucy will support: James Stevenson, Peter Coles, Guy Kent and Jim Smith-Wright. We will be working together on particular tasks too, including recognition and training events (when we are able to hold them! Hopefully we will have news to share on these soon). I am sure you agree that this is really exciting.
As we look to the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, I am so looking forward to seeing you all, hopefully not too in the distant future. Please do contact us if you have any questions or comments as always.
With thanks and best wishes,