Meet Rosie. She's our vital new volunteer coordinator. Rosie, 23, will be recruiting various volunteers covering roles from admin to event support to join our service. We spoke to her to find out more about her role and what impact it will have for both her and us.
Q: What's your education/career background? You said you're also currently at Roman Road Trust alongside the Ability Bow role?
A: I graduated from Queen Mary University in 2017 with a BA in Drama.
Throughout my degree I became interested in urban life and how the city can impact the body. This led me to make performances around these topics.
Yes, I also work for Roman Road Trust which is a (very) local organisation that works to help improve the high street and support its surrounding community.
I am also a drama facilitator for teenagers with disabilities at Half Moon Theatre.
Q: How easily have you settled in to your role at Ability Bow?
A: Very easily!
The team have been very welcoming and helpful and there’s already some big plans for volunteering at Ability Bow.
Q: Why did you decide to join Ability Bow?/How easy was it to apply?
A: I decided to join Ability Bow because I am passionate about ensuring all people have equal access to the same opportunities.
These opportunities could be to be able to use a gym and fitness equipment or this could be to access performance and theatre.
It was also very easy to apply for my new role - I did so online and was then invited to an interview!
Q: Why did you want to work in your role with helping volunteers?
A: I began working with Half Moon Theatre as a volunteer during the final year of my degree.
From this, I gained a wealth of skills and experience which led me to become a paid member of their team which I would not have been able to achieve otherwise.
At Roman Road Trust, we have volunteers to help on a number of projects and their work is always crucial to the success of our events/activities. I think it is from my personal experiences in being a volunteer and working with volunteers that I wanted to be given the chance to be able to fully focus on this here at Ability Bow.
Q: What does your day-to-day role involve so far as volunteers coordinator?
A: At the moment I have been working very closely with the rest of the team to develop a volunteering programme with specific roles and tasks for volunteers.
I am hoping to hold an event to launch our volunteering programme - keep your eyes peeled!
Q: Why would you recommend someone to apply to become a volunteer at Ability Bow? What will they get/how much support will be offered to them from you and the team?
A: I would recommend someone to apply to become a volunteer at Ability Bow as we will guide you through our volunteering programme which will enable you to highlight skills and experience that you would like to develop throughout your time with us.
You will be supported by the team to work towards achieving your aims with regular check-in meetings and reviews with the volunteer coordinator (me!)
Q: What are you looking for in someone who is looking to become a volunteer?
A: Ability Bow is looking for volunteers who are passionate about working with people to help people.
Volunteers do not have to be trained or have lots of skills. All they need is a willingness to learn, be involved, and join in!
Q: Why do you enjoy working for a service which helps people with disabilities and long-term health conditions?
A: As a type 1 diabetic, I have an awareness of how long-term health conditions can affect all aspects of a person’s life.
I have also learnt the positive impact exercise and fitness has on an individual through my own condition.
From working with teenagers with disabilities at Half Moon Theatre, I have also learnt of the joy and happiness that comes through enabling people to access opportunities that may have been previously unavailable to them.
I enjoy working for Ability Bow as its aims are very similar to my own.
Q: What makes Ability Bow different from other organisations/other more corporate gyms?
A: Ability Bow is a gym for all.
No matter your age, ability, physical condition, culture, beliefs; you are welcome here. I think that is the biggest difference to other organisations/corporate gyms.
Ability Bow treats every employee as a team member and as an individual person - which I think is quite different to some places!
Q: What hobbies/interests do you have?
A: I am a very creative person so enjoy visiting the wealth of galleries, museums, and theatres in London.
I also love my local community and regularly visit Roman Road Market.
I’ve recently got myself an orange bike so have been cycling along the canals.
All the best to Rosie in her new role!