My name’s Laura and I’m the latest edition to the Involvement, Experience and Volunteering Team. I’m a Volunteering Support Officer and I run the Rosewood Involvement Centre. The main part of my job is to help support volunteers in their roles throughout the Trust. I also run groups and meetings in the Rosewood Centre. One day a week, I’m based at the Involvement Centre at Duncan Macmillan House. This means I can get to know the volunteers based there and the two centres can stay well connected.
My previous job was working in an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service for another NHS Trust. I used to provide support and therapies to people with mild to moderate mental health problems. Before this I used to work in the Police as a Community Support Officer for a number of years and have also worked in admin for a charity and retail, so I have a bit of a varied employment history! I personally believe strongly in eliminating the stigma that surrounds mental health and promoting wellbeing.
I have personal volunteering experience with various charities and have worked alongside volunteers most of my career. The contribution they make is invaluable and I look forward to working alongside the volunteers in our Trust to help make a difference and improve services. I’m really grateful for the warm welcome I’ve had from the Team as well as the volunteers within both centres.