Volunteers’ Week 2023 – Q&A with Pat

Case Study

The 1-7 June is Volunteers’ Week! The Aloud Charity relies on our team of committed Community Leaders who support the delivery of our choirs across Wales. 

Read about our Community Leader Pat Ashman’s experience of volunteering with Aloud: 

Why I Volunteer for Aloud

“Having been involved with The Aloud Charity since Only Boys Aloud started I have experienced first hand what a difference it makes to young people’s lives.

The work that the charity does is literally life changing, not just through singing and in the way the choirs perform but also in the way it supports and encourages the choir members in building confidence and facing life challenges.

The team at Aloud worked hard to secure funding for Only Girls Aloud. It was a long time ambition to include girls in the Aloud family and it now gives me huge pleasure to support the girls as a volunteer.”

What being a Volunteer involves

The Choir Leaders are the lifeblood of the charity, but alongside that there is a network of volunteers who are there to help and support them in a pastoral capacity. We are there for chats, confidences, worries, to help if they feel unwell, to dry tears if needed – in fact anything we can do to support them.

Most of all we are there to cheer them on, to tell them how brilliant they sounded in rehearsals, to reassure the timid ones, to boost their confidence and congratulate them when they do well.”

Is being a Volunteer rewarding?

Being part of the Aloud family is hugely rewarding, knowing that my small contribution has helped the team in some way is an absolute joy and a pleasure. Watching Only Girls Aloud develop their skills and grow in confidence makes me so proud of them all and the experience of seeing them perform brings me to tears every time.”

If you’d like to volunteer with Aloud find out how you can get involved here.

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