When it comes to volunteering for The Charity for Civil Servants, there are just a handful of people who have years of experience under their belt. Eamonn is one of those, having volunteered for us for over 40 years.
Back in the late 70s, Eamonn started his career in the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance (MPNI) now Department for Work and Pensions. From the very beginning, he threw his heart into volunteering for a range of charities and eventually joined the regional committee of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund.
As time went on, he sought many life adventures, but always found the time to help those in need. When he retired around eight years ago, he felt he could give even more time to our cause and officially became a volunteer with us (even though he was, unofficially, one for years!)
He embraced every opportunity we presented to him. His role now includes a combination of manning stalls at events, contributing to teleconferences, giving presentations about our work and attending home visits to people we help. Even though Eamonn has a busy diary, he’s keen to spread the word that every little helps, and you don’t have to take part in everything to make a real difference.
"It doesn’t really matter if you can only give a limited amount of time. It’s not about that, it’s about your state of mind and caring for somebody else."
Eamonn embodies the community spirit – he validates the fact that if you help people in your day-to-day routine, you are a volunteer (even if you don’t know it). It takes no time at all to make it ‘official’ and Eamonn intends to carry on making a difference for as long as possible.
"All you have to do is look around at your colleagues and friends. If you know someone is in trouble, and you are willing to listen or give a bit of advice on where to go – you might actually be doing involuntary volunteering. Sometimes, it can be no more than someone pouring their heart out to you. Sometimes that is enough."