Volunteers' Week: Why I love volunteering

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Posted 5th June 2019

Why I Love Volunteering

Salma Sams

I have had the privilege of volunteering at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village for four years now and really love it.

I find the atmosphere and ambience of working here so rewarding and enjoyable, in addition to learning so much myself. I have seen the Artists' Village develop and evolve since becoming a volunteer, welcoming even more families and visitors. I have made many new friends here, both volunteers and staff alike, and appreciate the warm welcome I receive each time I steward, mainly in the Watts Studios at Limnerslease, George and Mary's country home.

The interaction with visitors can be such fun and I am proud to be part of the research team, surveying visitors in an effort to develop a better understanding of our audience. I've written blogs and sung with my choir at the festive Christmas Weekend, helped at the gorgeous Fairy Fair in July, and shared the huge buzz of the Heritage Open Days. I also lapped up the hectic atmosphere when Paul Martin and the BBC 'Flog It' team visited for two days and we nervously guarded the paintings!

As a volunteer I attend our quarterly meetings and courses, when we receive valuable progress and development updates and training, critical to us 'front liners', constantly meeting the public. We have fun volunteer socials too with much cake and gossip! I have attended plays and special exhibition viewings, as well as the Watts Late evenings, when at one memorable Halloween, I agreed to have my face expertly painted for the first time ever! Talking of Halloween, last year I even ended up painting pumpkins gold to decorate the site; hilarious! I helped plant some trees at the edge of the new car park too in 2015!

So, there's plenty of fantastic ongoing experiences to enjoy through volunteering at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village. Come and join us; there's always plenty of room for more volunteers and loads of activities and events in which to become involved.