Why did you decide to volunteer with the Mersey Gateway Project?
Being new to Runcorn, I wanted to learn more about the area and to do something that would contribute to the overall benefit of the community.
What does your role involve?
I volunteer at one of the Merseylink visitor centres as an information guide and deliver presentations to local schools, clubs and community organisations. The Merseylink team provides plenty of slides and props to support you in these activities.
What do you like best about volunteering?
I enjoy explaining about the bridge to people. With young people you are looking to develop interest and excitement about this iconic bridge, while with adults you are often correcting misconceptions and giving them reassurance about the many benefits the bridge project will deliver to Halton.
Have you learnt any new skills?
I wouldn’t necessarily say I’ve learnt new skills, but I’ve definitely sharpened up and improved some of my existing skills.
What do you get out of volunteering on a personal level?
You get to talk to people that have such varied and interesting backgrounds. I’ve also made lots of new friends through volunteering.
What would you say to other people who are thinking about volunteering with the project?
If you can spare the time being a Merseylink volunteer is an extremely enjoyable and rewarding experience
What is the most interesting or unusual question you have been asked?
Will I still be able to use my bus pass on the bridge?