I joined soon after and have never looked back. Having moved to Bristol through work (at the time, I managed a shop and the only people I knew were the people working for me), I was desperate to meet new friends and people in my community. I wanted to try new things and do something of an evening that resulted in more than just sitting in front of the soaps.
Maternity care is a journey, and all too often, there are points along the way where women are let down, left uninformed, and disempowered, and the lack of midwives lies behind this. Government directives, clinical guidance and decades of policy based around 'choice' is only worth the paper it's printed on,
As the demand for volunteers grows, we must look at what can be realistically expected of our volunteers. People volunteer for a wide range of reasons; they might care passionately about a cause, it might be the sense of affirmation that they get, others might volunteer in order to gain new experiences or to meet new people.