Energy Assets says thank you during Volunteers’ Week

Energy Assets says thank you during Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.  

Volunteers have played a key role in the recent pandemic response. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer in their local communities and make a huge difference – just as they do every year. This is a time for us to come together and thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution. 

In light of Volunteers week 2021, we wanted to shine a light on some of the amazing and selfless work our colleagues do out with their day jobs for Energy Assets that no one hears about. Below we hear from Sue, Veronica and Deborah. 

Sue Lannen – Compliance Manager 
Vaccine Response Volunteer 
“I volunteer for St John Ambulance as part of the vaccine response programme. I am a Volunteer Vaccinator which involves administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

I have been trained to administer vaccines but I am also a Vaccination Care Volunteer. This role focuses on observing and monitoring people once they have had their vaccination. Vaccination for the Nation.

Veronica Burnett – Head of Land Rights at Energy Assets  
Samaritan Volunteer 
“As a Samaritan volunteer I provide a critical listening service, supporting anyone who needs someone to listen or talk to.  As individuals we are all experiencing great change in our day to day lives which may affect our wellbeing. As part of the role as a Samaritan, we always encourage people to talk, however they can, via messaging, the phone, SMS or even chatting over the garden fence. If anyone is physically isolated, it is more important than ever for them to feel socially connected. 

I train new Samaritan volunteers on how to cope with the various situations which can arise during our interactions with those in need. I also work with those who are required to de-brief to a peer at the end of a shift. Samaritans work in pairs usually on 3 hour shifts, with a view to supporting each other if necessary. We may have to take calls from desperate callers who may have mental health issues, fear for their safety, considering suicide, gender issues, are subject to domestic or child abuse etc. No advice can be provided but signposting is a valuable tool in our box. As a volunteer I have learned how to listen and be impartial – both vitally important skills. Being a Samaritan volunteer has been a very rewarding role for me and I work whenever I have time during the evenings or at weekends. 

Deborah IggledenHR Manager – South 
Parent Governor at local school 
“I volunteer as a parent Governor at my child’s school. Parent governors play a vital role on governing bodies, holding the unique position of having a parental viewpoint of the school. We have a first-hand experience of the delivery of the curriculum. This enables parent governors to bring a different perspective to the strategic management of the school.  

I attend Governor meetings, and pre-pandemic I attended the school to meet with the children and teachers. I have to complete training to ensure I understand the school system and essential criteria for working around children 
Although maybe not as admirable as volunteering for a soup kitchen, for our community and my little boys’ school this role is valuable.”  

Thank you to our team and our wider Energy Assets network for all you do today and tomorrow to help the community around us 



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