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Jobs from the Reach files - 24

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In this regular series Olive Braman tells how volunteers can use their skills and expertise through REACH, the charity that places professional and business people in part time voluntary jobs

You can find all the Jobs From the REACH Files articles from the Volunteering Index


From Ministry of Defence to Carers Centre

Graham Piggott’s full professional title before retirement was Royal Navy Captain, Head of Defence Messaging Group for the Ministry of Defence. In this capacity, Graham, of Stewarton in Ayrshire, was responsible for the management of service contracts, customer service agreements, human resources, and operating cost budgets.

It might seem like a far cry from the Navy to being chairman of the Renfrewshire Carers Centre, which looks after the needs of those caring for a family member at home. But in fact Graham brings a wealth of expertise with his managerial and people skills.

When he retired from the Navy, Graham decided to look for some challenging voluntary work and applied to REACH, knowing it would have contacts with organisations that needed the skills he could offer.

He is delighted to be working with carers. “They  are un-sung heroes,” he says. “Some of them are children caring for a parent, some have 24 hour responsibilities. They all need support and recognition of the service which they give. It is our job to raise awareness of their needs, to offer advice and information, and to promote the contribution which they make to society.”

Working with carers is only one part of Graham’s post-retirement life.  He also sits on the board of Young Enterprise Scotland, has organised a fund-raising campaign and produced a business plan for Dyslexia Scotwest, and is an internal auditor for OXFAM, covering SW and West Scotland.

He visits all the OXFAM shops in the area, looking at their finances, doing health and safety checks, and ensuring that volunteers are working in a comfortable and safe environment.

He says he thoroughly enjoys his voluntary work, especially having the opportunity to meet so many dedicated people. But he still has time for his personal interests in home computing, war games, professional football - especially the Rangers FC, Glasgow -and political and military history and current affairs.              

For further information about REACH, contact local area managers George Arkless, telephone 01360 661110 or David Watson, telephone 0131 336 1080, or REACH HQ on 020 7582 6543  website www.volwork.org.uk   

 Look out for future features from Olive Braman on Jobs From The REACH Files or view all the REACH Files Articles from our Volunteering Index


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