Why did you decide to volunteer with the Mersey Gateway Project?
Several reasons. I wanted to be part of something that would go down in history, to meet like-minded people and have interesting conversations with them, and to make new friends and enjoy the social side of volunteering.
What does your role involve?
I volunteer at the visitor centre in the Catalyst Museum in Widnes. My role involves greeting visitors and explaining different aspects of the project. I talk them through various screens and presentations and take them up to the viewing gallery where they can see the construction in the river.
What do you like best about volunteering?
Meeting people from all walks of life, continually learning about what’s happening at each stage of development, and watching visitors depart with a positive attitude and knowing that I played an active part in that.
Have you learnt any new skills?
I have learnt that becoming older does not mean that you have to start ‘winding down’ if you are not ready to.
What do you get out of volunteering on a personal level?
I get satisfaction out of educating visitors about the bridge. I have gained renewed confidence and I thoroughly value the friendships I have made with my fellow volunteers.
What would you say to other people who are thinking about volunteering with the project?
Go for it! It is the best thing I have done in a long time. You will not regret it.
What is the most interesting or unusual question you have been asked?
If people will be allowed to climb to the top of the towers!