We are thrilled to announce that WAY Widowed and Young is appointing Scottish WAY member Veronica Currie as our new National Volunteer Manager. We had an incredibly strong field of candidates apply for this exciting new position – from WAY members and non-WAY members alike. And we are pleased to tell you that Veronica will be joining WAY’s team on 21 October to support WAY’s volunteers across the UK.
Volunteers are at the heart of WAY's work. And Veronica’s new role will give WAY the opportunity to develop a range of tools, workshops and training opportunities to support both existing and new volunteers. She will be working hard over the next 12 months to share best practice and to develop a handbook that will help our network of volunteers and Area Contacts, who support members on a local level, to offer the best possible support for all our members.
WAY’s Chief Executive Rebecca Cooper said: “I am delighted to welcome Veronica as the new National Volunteer Manager for WAY. Supporting our valued volunteers, in particular our Area Contacts, is absolutely vital to the success of WAY’s work. Veronica’s role will allow us to strengthen the level of support for our network of volunteers, to make sure that we have a robust sustainable infrastructure in place to support the peer-to-peer relationships that are so hugely beneficial to WAY’s members.”
Veronica has been a WAY member for just over three years since her husband died at the age of 41. She has two teenage children and she lives in Perthshire in Scotland. For the past 22 years, Veronica has worked in a small local school as a primary school teacher. But she can’t wait to take on the new challenge of working for the charity that has helped her and her family so much over the past three years.
“I am incredibly excited and honoured to be joining the WAY team as a National Volunteer Manager,” she said. “I am very active with WAY, attending various events around the country where I have made the strongest friendships. I am looking forward to working with WAY volunteers who selflessly give their time to welcome and support new and existing members, as these are the very people who make WAY the lifeline that it is.”