Usually, our Director Danni Godfrey is busy dealing with the day-to-day running of a leasing business. Recently, though, she’s taken on a new role outside of work: volunteer for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Of course, the two positions couldn’t be more different. So, in this blog, Danni talks about what she’ll be doing for the Games, her reasons for becoming a volunteer, and how it compares to her 9-5.
My role as a volunteer
Being a volunteer for the Commonwealth Games will involve me helping out at the likes of triathlons and race days. I expect to be marshalling, directing athletes, and supervising the crowds.
I’m very excited. Our family takes part in a lot of sporting events, swims and park runs. We consider ourselves active members of the Telford triathlon club, too – it’s taken up quite a bit of our summer! I imagine the Games experience as a volunteer will be very different from that of a participant, but I can’t wait to get started.
Deciding to give back
I made the decision to volunteer at the Commonwealth Games because I really wanted to give back. Sports events often rely on volunteers to go ahead – if they don’t have the people in place, they have to cancel. For instance, our local park run sometimes has to skip a week if not enough volunteers have signed up. There needs to be 40, so it happens a lot!
It has an added benefit for me too. Usually, it’s quite difficult to get tickets to big events like these. By volunteering, I’ll not only get to go – I’ll get to go behind the scenes!
How the roles differ
As for how it compares to my job at Lease Loop, it’s completely different. On weekdays, I’m doing computer-based tasks that generally revolve around paperwork and terms and conditions. These aren’t our clients’ favourite things to do, but they’re incredibly important when it comes to leasing.
Having spent more time at home over the last few years due to the pandemic, it’s great to take on a role where I’m outside and amongst the action. Whilst I am taking on additional responsibilities to my job (and parenthood!), volunteering for the Commonwealth Games feels really refreshing.
Our other community support
Lease Loop also sponsors our local bike club, Newport Cycling Club, which our children are part of. We committed to a three-year sponsorship deal in 2021 after our family really made use of the club once lockdowns were lifted. We’re always happy to help with admin and support in other ways too.
If you’d like to know more about what we’re doing for the community, or how I become a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games yourself, feel free to get in touch with us. As usual, we’re also available for any questions about leasing Apple Macs.