I’ve been volunteering with the BTA for over a year now, doing two afternoons per week. The time has passed very quickly – which is always a good sign!

I work as a Admin Assistant. This can involve anything from doing internet research, filling envelopes with flyers, to inputting information on the computer database system. Most jobs involve using IT, for which I have found the BTA systems to be very impressive.

At first I was slightly nervous, but there is always someone at hand to help out. In fact, for most volunteering tasks a “How to do” sheet is prepared by the line manager. These include a step-by-step guide on what needs to be done.

I have previously had a couple of voluntary jobs with other organisations, but from day one (at my interview) I have found that the BTA have a very professional approach towards volunteers, and It’s easy to see why they have been awarded “Investing in Volunteers” certification.

Before I started with the BTA, I had been unable to work for a while due to ill health. The work experience I am getting should hopefully help me get a paid job somewhere in due course. In the meantime, I am happy to continue volunteering for the BTA as I am still learning new things and I have also been given jobs that are my sole responsibility. For example, I am responsible for analysing the many office telephone calls received each month for annual statistical review.

There is a nice and relaxed friendly atmosphere in the BTA office, so I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get work experience.

Simon wrote this story some time ago, and he now volunteers for us as a Fundraising Assistant, where he has been successful in securing several small grants for us.

Get involved!

If you would like to find out more about the volunteer roles we have available, both in the office and across the UK, please contact Emily Ducker on 0114 250 9933 or [email protected]