At almost 92, Vera must surely be one of the oldest volunteers in Kirklees and she is certainly one of the longest serving: she has been a volunteer for the Public Health Service since retiring 25 years ago. There is no one working currently in Public Health who has served as long as Vera! Vera started volunteering in 1991 for Health Promotion, when it sat within the NHS at the Princess Royal Health Centre. Since then she has seen so many changes within the Service over the years, with staff coming and leaving and new technology being introduced along with numerous building moves but has never let anything faze her.
Every Wednesday Vera comes in to help out with proof reading documents, counting leaflets, mailshots, laminating and many other administration jobs asked of her. Vera has the skills to be able to use a PC to carry out her work. She is not afraid to learn new things and has an extremely strong work ethic.
Over the years, Vera’s contribution to the team and her high standard of work has been a huge asset, and has helped Public Health carry out their duties with improving the quality of life for the people of Kirklees. Her team say: “Vera is meticulous in her work, a lot of the time going above and beyond what is expected of her. She is an example to us all and is a joy to have around the office.”
Volunteering really suits Vera. She enjoys the social networking it gives her with staff and knowing she is making a valuable contribution to the community gives her a real sense of satisfaction. Vera will be 92 in June. She has already done 25 years of volunteering and has no intention of stopping!