Neil volunteers at Brendoncare’s central office. He was encouraged by his wife, who volunteered for Citizens Advice for several years.
Originally from Norfolk, he worked for more than 40 years in IT related positions, responsible for systems such as WHSmith Clubcard, London Underground Oyster card, and government networks. He retired in 2016.
“I retained my interest in computers, and I looked around for a position where I could put some of my experience and knowledge to use to help other people. Brendoncare offered a position helping with the administration of Central Office support to their friendship and wellbeing clubs. I was initially a bit apprehensive, knowing nothing about working for a charity, but everyone at Brendoncare was so friendly and supportive that I soon came to love it.
Apart from the intellectual challenge and the satisfaction of bending Excel to my will, there is a real buzz in helping staff and volunteers in Brendoncare in their vital work of enriching the lives of the Club members and making them so much happier.”
Earlier this year, Covid-19 sadly forced a temporary suspension of Brendoncare Club meetings, and also brought Neil’s work at Central Office to an abrupt stop. However, he is looking forward to being able to return as soon as it is feasible. In the meantime, he has spent much of the lockdown period walking in the beautiful Hampshire countryside.
If Neil’s story has inspired you, view the current roles available at Brendoncare and learn how to join our team.