Meet the Volunteers

Meet the Volunteers

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Meet the Volunteers

Volunteer Week 2023

Following on from our celebrations during Volunteers' Week 2023, we have gathered a few case studies about some of our brilliant volunteers.

Volunteer Case Studies

Click on the names below to hear more from our amazing volunteers!

Hanif Momaniat | West Yorkshire Treasurer

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am the Treasurer for West Yorkshire Area Association and ED&I rep for NE & Yorkshire Region.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I have been a member of CSSC for a number of years, and a regular member of the West Yorkshire Area Walking Group. I recently had more time, so I decided to take on a more active role in CSSC. I am good with figures, so I decided to stand as Treasurer at the 2022 AGM.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

My favourite part of volunteering is making a difference. My views are heard by the committee, and we have done things in the last year that would not have been done if I had not volunteered. For example, I organised a Go-Karting evening in November 2022 aimed at our younger members in Bradford.  This led to several attendees deciding to join CSSC. 

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

My best memory of volunteering to date is holding our first ever Eid event on Friday 28 April 2023. This was attended by 47 CSSC members, and non-members, who benefitted from a nice meal at a Bradford restaurant. I can see this being a regular fixture in the West Yorkshire Area Association calendar in future years.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

The biggest benefit of volunteering is making change. The age profile, the race and religion of those being involved in West Yorkshire Area Association events has shifted over the last year. As an Area, we continue to be inclusive of all ages, sexes and religions, and I am pleased that my contribution has helped my Area put on events that would otherwise not have been considered.

Marcel Ngogbehei | Wales Regional Diversity Champion

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

Regional Diversity Champion – Wales

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

To share my experience, support the society and network with great minds.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Community Service/Work; Workshops and Seminars; Teaching and supporting people in need.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

The Wales Regional Conference

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Opportunity to give back to humanity, meet new people and support social work.

Seeta Praim-Singh | South Essex Secretary

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am a comittee member,  events planner and the new secretary for South Essex.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I love building morale within the office and arranging trips.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

The satisfaction you get from members after an event has taken place.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

There is so many, we have done lots of trips within my office over the last 15 years. I would have to say the trip to bruges was my favourite memory.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

I have grown massively as a person. The personal growth within myself is huge. When I first started I was shy (hard to believe) but now I’m so confident talking in front of large groups and my organisational skills have developed.

Ian Statter | Civil Service Athletics Association Chair

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

Civil Service Athletics National Team Manager for past 35 years & Chairman of CSAA

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

To encourage participation of all abilities in all Athletic disciplines from Track & Field to Race Walking. 

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

To see the pleasure from athletes achieving personal bests in their chosen events and trying new events or disciplines. We encourage team participation and competition which is very popular to everyone. 

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

The Civil Service National Athletics Team winning the annual Sir Sefton Brancker Trophy series of events against the RAF and Middlesex in its Diamond Anniversary year (1990) 

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Encouraging, mentoring and coaching others to develop a more healthy and active lifestyle and promote athletics as a sport to develop all abilities to reach their potential.

Paul Jordison | Civil Service Cricket Association Chair

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I'm currently Chair of the Civil Service Cricket Association, having been elected at the 2023 AGM.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I didn't exactly choose to get involved; volunteering found me. I joined the office Sport and Social committee when I began working in the Civil Service many moons ago. From there, I've volunteered at office level, progressing on to national level within my DA. As I represent Cricket for my DA, becoming involved with the CSCA was a natural progression.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Successfully delivering events for our members which, hopefully, they enjoy!

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

That's a good question! Within CSSC, I'd have to say being part of delivering the Centenary celebrations for the CS Cricket Association.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

There's too many to list - the skills we acquire, getting out of our comfort zone, but most importantly, the friendships we build.velop all abilities to reach their potential.

Richard Lee-Heung | Malvern & Worcester Chair

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am the Chair of the Malvern and Worcester Area and assist with planning events for members;

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I am now retired and choose to volunteer to keep myself busy and to give back to the community as a thank you to those volunteers who organised events that I enjoyed in the past. Volunteering is not new to me, in the 90s I helped form a rugby club, spending a fantastic 6 years there and now watch as we field 4 teams. The volunteers do so much, its success is directly related to the hard work they put into the club. I help people with their gardens, house moves, the works! I even help out in my local cemetery, where Sir Edward Elgar is one of my customers.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Helping out and watch as fellow volunteers succeed in their projects. I get enjoyment seeing people happy and it is nice to know I helped make that happen.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

By far, helping out with the last sports day at Loughborough University. A great couple of days with a very united CSSC having fun and successfully showing how to hold a massive event. I was quite impressed by the level of organisation, knowing that it was the volunteers that helped make it happen (good weather did help of course).

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Giving back and hoping that those who enjoy our events are inspired sufficiently to themselves volunteer one of these days.  Without volunteers, nothing gets done. Finally, a sense of achievement knowing there is no payment or big incentive apart from self-satisfaction.

Janet Welch | Midlands Events Volunteer

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am a events volunteer for the Midland region.

2. How long have you been a volunteer with CSSC?

I have been a volunteer with CSSC for about 3 months.

3. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I wanted to get more out of my membership and thought that volunteering would allow me to meet the current volunteers and find out about what was happening around the area. I was interested in helping to plan events for CSSC because I love trying new things and planning events for CSSC would let me try all those new ideas with likeminded people who also wanted to try something new.

4. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Putting a list of all the events I would like to go to and starting to plan some of those events knowing I will get to go on those events.

5. What are you looking forward to volunteering with CSSC?

The first event I organised will be in June I am really looking forward to the event myself and I am also looking forward to joining in with all the other CSSC members having fun.

6. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Organising events I think sound fun and knowing I will be able to get the first ticket. Also working with all the other CSSC volunteers to organise events we think the membership will enjoy.

Max Iles | Regional Events Volunteer

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

Regional Events Volunteer

2. How long have you been a volunteer with CSSC?

A few months

3. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering and CSSC in particular?

I chose to start volunteering in order to build new skills and experience different things from what I would at work. As I work for the Civil Service I was aware of CSSC and the work they do and thought they would be a really interesting organisation to be involved with.

4. What has been your favourite part of volunteering so far?

Meeting new people within the organisation and being able to work with them in planning and brainstorming for events.

5. What are you looking forward to volunteering with CSSC?

Being able to put on great in person events and provide a great experience for our members.

6. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Being faced with different challenges has allowed me to start to build different skill sets to that I would develop at work. I think there is an enormous sense of reward in completing a project and trying something new!

Helen Binns | Area Committee Member

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am a area committee member taking the lead on theatre bookings

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I used to book theatre tickets from CSSC and one of the committee members suggested that as I loved theatre if there were any shows I wanted to see I could run it as an event and the rest is history.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Getting to see so many shows.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

The committee winning best Area for 2022, we have a great committee who endeavour to put on a varied number of events for their members.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Sharing your passion with others, being able to attend so many events that I would never have been able to afford and trying out new experiences at a reduced cost.

Lenny Barry | CSSC Volleyball National Organiser

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am National Organiser for CSSC Volleyball.

I have been coach to CSSC Volleyball National Representatives teams competing in Crown Services and Invitational Tournaments.

I was a CSSC Board member for three years and sat on Sports & Leisure Committee and progressed improvements in Sports Development, Sports Management.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I volunteer for CSSC Volleyball, and many other areas of volleyball externally, because volleyball is my passion. It has given me so much over so many years and I want the sport to continue to develop and grow.

Many people helped and encouraged me to go on an achieve the things that I did and it is really important that those who have gained from the sport put time, effort and energy into the sport to help and encourage others.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Seeing people enjoy the sort, having fun and a laugh with other participants. But also when people achieve improvements and their own types of success. Being able to perform a skill better. Learning a new skill. Making more of a contribution during play.

The Department of Personnel and Finance for Northern Ireland came over to the Indoor Inter-departmental event for many years. They loved it and vowed to improve between each event, and they did. They played together in the Northern Ireland League and got better and better and actually won the Championship one year, and attributed it to the encouragement and challenge presented by the CSSC Indoor event. Fantastic!

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

So many..!  When playing for HM Customs & Excise in the CSSC Indoors and working with colleagues to deliver some really good performances and results, above our individual capacities! Coach CSSC National Representative Teams to win the Crown Services Championships.

Creating the Indoor Championships, now over thirty years on. Creating the CSSC Beach Championships, now twenty five years old. Helping CSSC Board and Sports & Leisure Committee to look at things slightly differently and improve our service offering for the members.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Being able to help people participate, improve in and become immersed in the great sport of volleyball. All ages, all levels just getting involved and having fun. Some have gone on to play for thirty years! Some improved to international recognition, or play in the National Leagues, having started at a CSSC event.

Seeing people enjoy themselves and help them on their journey into volleyball, and beyond!

Being able to put something back into the sport, and helping it continue to be a firm offering within CSSC.

Tara Talodi | Social Media Volunteer

 

1. What is your role at CSSC?

Social media volunteer, to promote all.opportunities, offers and events.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I used to be just a regular member, but found myself putting forward suggestions all the time. I decided it would be better to be involved.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

It's been a great way to meet new people and I've made some brilliant friends.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

We've had some great bus trips to places, but the time when the bus broke down on the way back from York has to be up there. The laughs and fun we had while we waited to be rescued was possibly better than the trip itself!

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Being able to influence planning of events and what we prioritise. Being a voice for other members and helping get what our members need.

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am the Treasurer for West Yorkshire Area Association and ED&I rep for NE & Yorkshire Region.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I have been a member of CSSC for a number of years, and a regular member of the West Yorkshire Area Walking Group. I recently had more time, so I decided to take on a more active role in CSSC. I am good with figures, so I decided to stand as Treasurer at the 2022 AGM.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

My favourite part of volunteering is making a difference. My views are heard by the committee, and we have done things in the last year that would not have been done if I had not volunteered. For example, I organised a Go-Karting evening in November 2022 aimed at our younger members in Bradford.  This led to several attendees deciding to join CSSC. 

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

My best memory of volunteering to date is holding our first ever Eid event on Friday 28 April 2023. This was attended by 47 CSSC members, and non-members, who benefitted from a nice meal at a Bradford restaurant. I can see this being a regular fixture in the West Yorkshire Area Association calendar in future years.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

The biggest benefit of volunteering is making change. The age profile, the race and religion of those being involved in West Yorkshire Area Association events has shifted over the last year. As an Area, we continue to be inclusive of all ages, sexes and religions, and I am pleased that my contribution has helped my Area put on events that would otherwise not have been considered.

1. What is your role at CSSC?

Regional Diversity Champion – Wales

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

To share my experience, support the society and network with great minds.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Community Service/Work; Workshops and Seminars; Teaching and supporting people in need.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

The Wales Regional Conference

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Opportunity to give back to humanity, meet new people and support social work.

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am a comittee member,  events planner and the new secretary for South Essex.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I love building morale within the office and arranging trips.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

The satisfaction you get from members after an event has taken place.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

There is so many, we have done lots of trips within my office over the last 15 years. I would have to say the trip to bruges was my favourite memory.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

I have grown massively as a person. The personal growth within myself is huge. When I first started I was shy (hard to believe) but now I’m so confident talking in front of large groups and my organisational skills have developed.

Ian Statter and team mates

1. What is your role at CSSC?

Civil Service Athletics National Team Manager for past 35 years & Chairman of CSAA

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

To encourage participation of all abilities in all Athletic disciplines from Track & Field to Race Walking. 

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

To see the pleasure from athletes achieving personal bests in their chosen events and trying new events or disciplines. We encourage team participation and competition which is very popular to everyone. 

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

The Civil Service National Athletics Team winning the annual Sir Sefton Brancker Trophy series of events against the RAF and Middlesex in its Diamond Anniversary year (1990) 

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Encouraging, mentoring and coaching others to develop a more healthy and active lifestyle and promote athletics as a sport to develop all abilities to reach their potential.

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I'm currently Chair of the Civil Service Cricket Association, having been elected at the 2023 AGM.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I didn't exactly choose to get involved; volunteering found me. I joined the office Sport and Social committee when I began working in the Cicil Service many moons ago. From there, I've volunteered at office level, progressing on to national level within my DA. As I represent Cricket for my DA, becoming involved with the CSCA was a natural progression.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Successfully delivering events for our members which, hopefully, they enjoy!

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

That's a good question! Within CSSC, I'd have to say being part of delivering the Centenary celebrations for the CS Cricket Association.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

There's too many to list - the skills we acquire, getting out of our comfort zone, but most importantly, the friendships we build.

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am the Chair of the Malvern and Worcester Area and assist with planning events for members;

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I am now retired and choose to volunteer to keep myself busy and to give back to the community as a thank you to those volunteers who organised events that I enjoyed in the past. Volunteering is not new to me, in the 90s I helped form a rugby club, spending a fantastic 6 years there and now watch as we field 4 teams. The volunteers do so much, its success is directly related to the hard work they put into the club. I help people with their gardens, house moves, the works! I even help out in my local cemetery, where Sir Edward Elgar is one of my customers.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Helping out and watch as fellow volunteers succeed in their projects. I get enjoyment seeing people happy and it is nice to know I helped make that happen.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

By far, helping out with the last sports day at Loughborough University. A great couple of days with a very united CSSC having fun and successfully showing how to hold a massive event. I was quite impressed by the level of organisation, knowing that it was the volunteers that helped make it happen (good weather did help of course).

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Giving back and hoping that those who enjoy our events are inspired sufficiently to themselves volunteer one of these days.  Without volunteers, nothing gets done. Finally, a sense of achievement knowing there is no payment or big incentive apart from self-satisfaction.

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am a events volunteer for the Midland region.

2. How long have you been a volunteer with CSSC?

I have been a volunteer with CSSC for about 3 months.

3. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I wanted to get more out of my membership and thought that volunteering would allow me to meet the current volunteers and find out about what was happening around the area. I was interested in helping to plan events for CSSC because I love trying new things and planning events for CSSC would let me try all those new ideas with likeminded people who also wanted to try something new.

4. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Putting a list of all the events I would like to go to and starting to plan some of those events knowing I will get to go on those events.

5. What are you looking forward to volunteering with CSSC?

The first event I organised will be in June I am really looking forward to the event myself and I am also looking forward to joining in with all the other CSSC members having fun.

6. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Organising events I think sound fun and knowing I will be able to get the first ticket. Also working with all the other CSSC volunteers to organise events we think the membership will enjoy.

1. What is your role at CSSC?

Regional Events Volunteer

2. How long have you been a volunteer with CSSC?

A few months

3. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering and CSSC in particular?

I chose to start volunteering in order to build new skills and experience different things from what I would at work. As I work for the Civil Service I was aware of CSSC and the work they do and thought they would be a really interesting organisation to be involved with.

4. What has been your favourite part of volunteering so far?

Meeting new people within the organisation and being able to work with them in planning and brainstorming for events.

5. What are you looking forward to volunteering with CSSC?

Being able to put on great in person events and provide a great experience for our members.

6. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Being faced with different challenges has allowed me to start to build different skill sets to that I would develop at work. I think there is an enormous sense of reward in completing a project and trying something new!

A smiling portrait of Helen Binns

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am a volunteer committee member taking the lead on theatre bookings

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I used to book theatre tickets from CSSC and one of the committee members suggested that as I loved theatre if there were any shows I wanted to see I could run it as an event and the rest is history.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Getting to see so many shows.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

The committee winning best Area for 2022, we have a great committee who endeavour to put on a varied number of events for their members.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Sharing your passion with others, being able to attend so many events that I would never have been able to afford and trying out new experiences at a reduced cost.

A smiling portrait of Lenny Barry

1. What is your role at CSSC?

I am National Organiser for CSSC Volleyball.

I have been coach to CSSC Volleyball National Representatives teams competing in Crown Services and Invitational Tournaments.

I was a CSSC Board member for three years and sat on Sports & Leisure Committee and progressed improvements in Sports Development, Sports Management.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I volunteer for CSSC Volleyball, and many other areas of volleyball externally, because volleyball is my passion. It has given me so much over so many years and I want the sport to continue to develop and grow.

Many people helped and encouraged me to go on an achieve the things that I did and it is really important that those who have gained from the sport put time, effort and energy into the sport to help and encourage others.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

Seeing people enjoy the sort, having fun and a laugh with other participants. But also when people achieve improvements and their own types of success. Being able to perform a skill better. Learning a new skill. Making more of a contribution during play.

The Department of Personnel and Finance for Northern Ireland came over to the Indoor Inter-departmental event for many years. They loved it and vowed to improve between each event, and they did. They played together in the Northern Ireland League and got better and better and actually won the Championship one year, and attributed it to the encouragement and challenge presented by the CSSC Indoor event. Fantastic!

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

So many..!  When playing for HM Customs & Excise in the CSSC Indoors and working with colleagues to deliver some really good performances and results, above our individual capacities! Coach CSSC National Representative Teams to win the Crown Services Championships.

Creating the Indoor Championships, now over thirty years on. Creating the CSSC Beach Championships, now twenty five years old. Helping CSSC Board and Sports & Leisure Committee to look at things slightly differently and improve our service offering for the members.

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Being able to help people participate, improve in and become immersed in the great sport of volleyball. All ages, all levels just getting involved and having fun. Some have gone on to play for thirty years! Some improved to international recognition, or play in the National Leagues, having started at a CSSC event.

Seeing people enjoy themselves and help them on their journey into volleyball, and beyond!

Being able to put something back into the sport, and helping it continue to be a firm offering within CSSC.

1. What is your role at CSSC?

Social media volunteer, to promote all.opportunities, offers and events.

2. Why do you choose to get involved with volunteering?

I used to be just a regular member, but found myself putting forward suggestions all the time. I decided it would be better to be involved.

3. What is your favourite part of volunteering?

It's been a great way to meet new people and I've made some brilliant friends.

4. What is your best memory of volunteering at CSSC?

We've had some great bus trips to places, but the time when the bus broke down on the way back from York has to be up there. The laughs and fun we had while we waited to be rescued was possibly better than the trip itself!

5. What would you say are the biggest benefits of volunteering?

Being able to influence planning of events and what we prioritise. Being a voice for other members and helping get what our members need.

Check out the winners for last years CSSC Volunteer Awards, and this years' nominees and finalists.

Find out more about Volunteer Week 2023 with NCVO

 

Discover more about volunteering and how you can get  involved.

 

Meet and contact CSSC's Volunteer Team Leaders