Mary Murphyshares her volunteering story as part of our National Volunteering Week 2016 #NVW2016 Consider Volunteering Campaign
WHEN most of us consider volunteering it’s normally to do something for others and give something back. Few of us consider the possibility of really gaining from it ourselves. The theme of National Volunteering Week 2016, May 16-22, is ‘Think Differently About Volunteering” and that is just what Mary Murphy did when she considered volunteering and chose to get involved.
Having worked as a journalist for over a decade Mary, from Killarney, was made redundant back in 2011 and started the long process of changing careers away from a job that she loved to do to something with better job prospects.
“For me volunteering means that I didn’t have to completely give up on a job I loved, even though I’m not a journalist anymore I can still write and I can still make a difference. It really is the best of both worlds,” Mary recommended.