This week is #VolunteersWeek, and our guest for 60 seconds is OSJCT’s Head of Volunteering, Kit Lendon. We spent some time learning more about Kit and her role.
Q: Explain your role at The Orders of St John Care Trust (in less than 30 words)?
A: My role is making the volunteering partnership work: ensuring homes have volunteers with the skills and interests they need and our volunteers have a great time volunteering with us.
Q: What wakes you up in the morning, tea or coffee?
A: The dog, and tea.
Q: What is the best thing about working with the Volunteers[KL1] at OSJCT?
A: Our volunteers are so generous and caring. They inspire me to be a better person. They all have interesting stories to tell but what they have in common is a passion to help older people. That’s really humbling to see.
Q: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
A: Queen Elizabeth I. We share a birthday and she was pretty kick ass amazing woman.
Q: Press ups for 10 minutes or a 10 -minute nap?
A: Press ups!
Q: If you could sum up being in the Volunteering team[KL2] in 3 words, what would they be?
A: Fun. Collaborative. Dedicated.
Q: What’s your career highlight to date?
A: Being invited to St James’ Palace to see young people who’d volunteered at my last organisation receive their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award from Prince Philip and being one of only 60 organisations to win the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering.
Q: What would you name the autobiography of your life?
A: I really don’t think I’ve done enough to write one!
Q: Do you have a favourite memory working with the Volunteers/in the home?
A: Goodness – too many! If I had to pick one, it would be our volunteer photoshoot in Lincolnshire last year. Everyone came ready to have fun and it really showed in our photographs.
Q: What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
A: I’d be an entomologist or a beekeeper. I’m totally fascinated by bugs.
Q: If you could have one superpower, one would it be?
A: I’d like to be able to teleport. I’d like to see more places which would be very much easier if I could just beam in and beam out. That or pyrokinesis but that’s more of a super villain power. I can’t think of many benevolent applications for being able to shoot fire out of your hands!