#HCAVolunteers – Jane from Millman Street Community Centre
Jane hosts (alongside Gloria) a weekly knitting group at Millman Street on a Wednesday morning, plus doing some post-crocheting Ping Pong playing! Here she shares what motivates her to volunteer.
“I have been volunteering with HCA for a couple of years. I lived in Lambs Conduit street for 24 years, so knew what they did here. I was a trustee here for a while but decided to give it up because of my deafness.
I volunteer each week helping to run the knitting group. People come along and do different types of knitting for an hour. I am in the process of making a cardigan and crocheting a shawl with one of the other members.
I also play table tennis with some of the other members – I think we are fairly evenly matched in our ping pong skills! We do it for about five or ten minutes – neither of us is very fit and it’s just a bit of fun.
By coming to Millman Street it gets me out the flat, I like the people and I am very fond of the ladies who do the knitting. I enjoy being with them.
I remember when I trained to be a speech and language therapist years ago, one of the lecturers asked us ‘why do you want to be a therapist?’, most of the group said it was because they wanted to ‘do good’. The lecturer replied ‘it’s important you get something good out of it for yourselves to’. I think that applies to me coming here – I think volunteering certainly does me good.”