You only get what you give
In July 2012, John Trubshaw, then aged 62, attended the Queen’s Jubilee pageant at RAF Cosford. Along with 20,000 other guests John was set to enjoy a day of celebration which was attended by HM The Queen.
Unfortunately for John his day took an unforeseen turn when he suffered a heart attack. Through the assistance of volunteers from St John Ambulance he was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital; through their actions and training his life was saved.
John tells us why this experience led him to become a volunteer on many local project, including ‘Pride in Your Community’, a project run by the Cities of Service Telford and Wrekin Team.
It’s a cliché but it was the ‘second chance’ suffering a heart attack and having my life saved by St John Ambulance volunteers. I’ve always been a people person and was a youth worker many years ago - seeing the commitment and dedication of other volunteers was inspiring.
I volunteer with ‘Pride in Your Community’ on Brookside because of the passion and community spirit which is shown by the residents and the people who work in the area.
'It inspires me and makes me feel humble.'
I also volunteer with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Friends of Telford Town Park, Stirchley and Brookside Parish Council, Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group - Friends of Hollinswood and Randlay Valley. I work with the Turnaround Project and P.O.D.S (Parents Opening Doors), a forum for parents, careers and families with disabled children.
Volunteering for groups such as the walking group and Brookside Event Group (B.E.G) - a group of local young women who volunteer to organise a programme of community events in the local area - I have experienced the connection and friendship of the community where I can say that they are part of an extended family. The ladies have named me as an honorary B.E.G girl!
During my time volunteering, there have been major changes in Brookside, where new groups, Community Interest Companies and activities have taken shape and form
'People who have volunteered have gained confidence, returned back to education, gained employment, changed direction or found renewed meaning and self-belief.'
Brookside is an amazing place, evolving all the time and this is only the beginning.
Volunteering gives me a sense of fulfilment and personal satisfaction. The honest answer is I do it for my own enjoyment. I am having a fun time, making the most of my second chance and the fact that someone else benefits from it now and again is a bonus.
Being involved in the overall neighbourhood development plan and all the steering groups helps to make a lasting impression on the next generation and keeps me busy through retirement.