Interview with a volunteer - Ron and Cynthia How long have you been volunteering at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust? Cynthia: Ron and I have been volunteering at the DCTT for the past three years. Why did you decide to volunteer? Ron: We both wanted to feel useful after our retirement as well as learning new skills and meeting people. The trust has fulfilled those needs. What do you do as volunteers? Ron: I work on the towpath and really enjoy meeting people and helping; as well as the banter of colleagues, both volunteers and staff. What do you enjoy most about volunteering? Cynthia: Although because of other commitments I do not work on a regular basis I thoroughly enjoy working with schools. I have always worked in elderly care ,so working with the children is a complete change for me. What is your favourite volunteer memory? Ron: My most memorable moment from last year is being nominated for the Visitor Attraction Volunteer of the Year Award Cynthia: It really made him feel appreciated. Ron: Of course winning was a bonus. Cynthia: I really enjoy the themed nights pirates and mermaids and the Harry Potter nights, as everyone makes such an effort and the children and parents thoroughly enjoy the evenings. What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering? If someone is thinking of volunteering I would recommend it especially with DCTT , you will receive training , meet new friends and feel supported by the staff.