This Volunteers’ Week, Dan Fishwick wanted to say a fond farewell and leave a few words of gratitude to recognise the hundreds of volunteers he’s worked with during his nine years at MASH.
What has stood out to you about MASH volunteers over the past nine years?
The sheer depth of kindness I’ve witnessed from MASH volunteers amazed me. Their commitment to improving another person’s day is inspiring. MASH’s volunteers epitomise the very best of Manchester.
How have they made an impact on women we support?
MASH’s volunteers make an impact every single day. Their warmth and generosity sets the tone for the entire service, which transmits to service users on every single shift.
Especially on a woman’s first ever visit to the service, a daunting situation can be turned into a positive interaction with one moment of kindness from a MASH volunteer. The positive ripple effect this has on people’s lives is astounding to see first hand.
What is something that MASH volunteers have taught you or that you’ll take forward?
That humility is the most important attribute to have. Also that if you trust people and give them space and time to develop that they can go above and beyond expectation.
Anything else you’d like to say to volunteers past and present?
A huge thank you for being the best team I’ve had the privilege to work with. You’ve made an incredible impact that will never go unnoticed.
MASH continues to go from strength to strength and it’s your commitment that makes it all happen.