This week is Volunteers’ Week, and all week we will be celebrating the huge contribution made by volunteers both to the work of Stitched Up and the third sector in general.

Every day we will be sharing the thoughts of our amazing, enthusiastic team of volunteers, who help out with everything from events, workshops, admin and outreach.

Today, hear from Laura, who has been volunteering with Stitched Up for over a year, assisting with workshop preparation and delivery, sorting donations and many other things besides.

Laura Stitched Up volunteer and expert bag maker

Laura says that: “volunteering is a rewarding activity, and it opens you up to new people, new ways of thinking and doing.”

She adds that the best things about volunteering with Stitched Up have been: “opening me up to a redue/reuse/recycle dimension that I wasn’t that much aware of before (and which I now love). As well as meeting nice and very different people, all of them willing to help and give the comunity a part of themselves.  Volunteering has involved lots of laughs – and lots of caffeine!

It is useful to feel part of the comunity, to do something big for it, and to get great and unexpected things in return. As an example, some of the things I’ve gained are; taking home items of clothing from the clothes swap, a nice tea time with other volunteers, learning about etsy and other tools and improving my English.

Thank you Laura for devoting your time, skills and all round happy vibes to our project! The work you do makes a huge difference to us, so thank you.

Follow Laura and her new upcycled accessories brand on Instagram here.