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Celebrating Volunteers’ Week: Spotlight on Karen Farrington!

Monday 3rd June – Sunday 9th June is Volunteers’ Week, and here in Parracombe, we wanted to recognise and celebrate the occasion by sharing a spotlight on the people that make a real difference in our community – our brilliant team of volunteers!

The celebration starts on the first Monday in June every year. It’s a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.

Today is Day #4, and we’re delighted to spotlight Karen Farrington! Pictured below helping out at the spring clean at the Pavilion Stores and Cafe earlier this year, read on to learn more about how she volunteers and why…

What’s your name?

Karen Farrington

What’s your volunteering role?

Shop volunteer.

What’s your favourite thing about being a volunteer?

In the shop, it’s meeting people from all over the country as well as old friends that you’ve known for years.

What does a typical shift pattern per week look like for you?

Three hours a week, or sometimes more if it’s needed.

What does a typical shift look like for you?

Making coffee and having conversations. It’s never boring.

Why did you want to get involved with volunteering in the first place?

The village is likely not big enough to support a commercial enterprise. Yet residents need one; for shopping, socialising and support. Volunteers mean the shop can open its doors every day. It still faces other bills, of course, but volunteers help to mitigate costs. In the face of an ongoing cost of living crisis, it may be the only way food stores in remote rural areas like this can survive long term.

How do you think your fellow volunteers would describe you?

Chatty, a people person.

Are you involved in any other type of volunteering activity?

I’m also on the village hall committee.

How do you balance volunteering alongside other commitments?

Honestly, the busier I get, the more I achieve. As I work from home I appreciate a break from the computer when I’m doing a shift.

Do you have a favourite memory / story from volunteering?

The joy of seeing on the volunteer What’sApp chat that a cake has just come out of the oven, and joining the throng heading to buy some.

What’s your #1 top tip for someone who is considering volunteering with the Pavilion Shop and Café?

It’s fun and informative. And the way the village pulls together for the shop gives me a great deal of pride in where I live.

What’s your local ‘top tip’ for holiday makers visiting the area?

St Petrock’s Church, which is ancient and fascinating.

What’s your favourite thing about living in or near Parracombe?

The peace and the positivity.

Huge thanks to Karen for taking part in our Volunteers Week campaign.

Feeling inspired?

If you’d like to join Karen and the many others in our thriving team of volunteers, don’t delay!

You can access the volunteer pack and learn more about what’s involved via the Volunteer With Us page or just pop into the shop and speak to anyone on shift about volunteering.

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