Volunteer Spotlight on Caroline Cartmill

Caroline Cartmill

 Caroline is one of our Admin volunteers, who supports Revive during her university summers and remotely while she is studying at Bangor University, Wales.

Caroline says, “Having the opportunity to volunteer at Revive last summer was a complete blessing, and I loved every minute of it. I was so looking forward to coming back to Revive this summer, but due to Covid-19, I am continuing my ‘virtual’ volunteering instead!”

What is your volunteer role at Revive?

 I am an Admin Assistant at Revive. I seek out different funding and bid opportunities that we can apply for, as well as promote and share the messages of Revive on social media. I regularly post on Twitter and Facebook to spread Revive’s message and achievements to the wider community, and I write press releases for the media to share our good news stories and updates. I have also worked hard to nominate Revive, and also some of the individual volunteers, for volunteering awards of recognition.

 How long have you been a volunteer at Revive?

 I started volunteering at Revive last summer (June 2019). I am a university student, and I had the summer free, so I decided I wanted to use my free time to volunteer somewhere, and make a difference to my community. After a summer of volunteering at Revive I was gutted to say goodbye to everyone and go back to uni, however I have been really lucky to be able to continue my volunteering remotely, keeping up to date with what’s going on at Revive over WhatsApp, and then sharing the updates on social media. In my free time I am constantly seeking out opportunities for funding, as well as awards opportunities, and write nominations for members of the team who deserve to be recognised.

 How did you first get involved with Revive?

 I am training to be a Primary School Teacher, and at one of the schools I was working in, I met Dolor who is another Admin volunteer at Revive. Dolor recommended Revive to me as a place to volunteer, and I am so glad I did! I got in touch with Pat (Project & Volunteer Coordinator) to arrange a visit and a chat about what my role could be.

Revive welcomed me so nicely! I was greeted with a hug rather than a handshake, and I felt like a true part of the team on my first day there. Even now when I am not there in person most of the time, I still feel like a really valued team member, and there is a lot of support available if I need it.

 What do you think the best things about Revive are?

 The friendly atmosphere, community-feel, and the hardworking staff and volunteers who are passionate about improving the lives of service-users, and making them feel welcome in Manchester.

What has been your highlight so far in your volunteering experience at Revive?

 A highlight for me was when an article I wrote about the Allotment Project at Revive, was published in the Catholic Universe Newspaper. I have always enjoyed writing and journalism, so it was great to have my work published.

Another highlight, has to have been when we were nominated and won the ‘Blossoming Communities’ award at The Be Proud Awards, 2019. It was great to go to the awards ceremony, and meet inspirational individuals and people from other charities and organisations in Manchester. It made me feel very proud to be a Mancunian!



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