Well Wednesday has come and gone, but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to write anything. Wednesday morning saw my alarm go off at 6am, and rarely for me, and maybe because I was looking forward to the day ahead, I almost jumped out of bed wide awake. I had time for my ablutions and a bite to eat then set of for Cambridge. I had left plenty enough time to get to The Papworth Trust as the traffic just as you get to Cambridge can be a right pain in the gluteus maximus, but I arrived nice and early much to my relief.
The day started with the photography workshop where I was introduced to the group and I briefly showed them some of my prints. The group leader explained that they had been working on a montage of photos aimed at creating a rainbow and each week they concentrated on a particular colour. The days colour was blue, so we hunted out various objects of the blue variety for everyone to photograph.
Everyone had a different camera and although most cameras have the same functions, they are all set up differently, so the first challenge was to help everyone find the macro setting on each camera!
As the morning progressed I got to know the people on the workshop better and it’s been somewhat of a revelation. Firstly I found it remarkable how all the people there with varying levels of disability were all very keen, positive people (it gave me a little more perspective about my sulky days!). Secondly they all made me welcome and it was a complete pleasure to work alongside each of them and help out where they wanted it. I enjoyed every minute of it and I’m already looking forward to seeing everyone next week.
The afternoon was a bit more of a challenge for me as I was somewhat out of my comfort zone! I helped out in an art workshop and the course leader is on her holiday, so it was down to a gifted member of staff and myself to help another group of people with their already begun oil paintings.
Now I went to art college and I did do quite a lot of oil painting but it was 15 years ago, so I was more than a little apprehensive about messing with peoples half completed paintings in case I made a horrendous mess of them. All in all though the afternoon passed by without me causing any disasters and I am becoming familiar with another group of remarkable people. Once again I’m looking forward to getting back.
My first day has been an eye opener, and its perhaps a little to early to say, but I’m going to say it anyway: I’m glad I made the effort to apply for a voluntary post at this charity. I can see me being of help to others and helping myself to feel better as a person at the same time.