Meet Our Volunteer: Dean

Dean tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m an IT Technician at a local school, working as an IT Technican, I have many hobbies, one of them being cars!

What inspired you to join Wessex 4x4 Response?

I bought a Suzuki Jimny to be able to drive along the many muddy lanes around the area, I always used to enjoy Mountain Biking, but in a car sounded more fun. Seeing the negativity from some members of the public towards 4×4 enthusiasts left me disheartened, and I was inspired to contribute positively to the community.

How long have you been a volunteer with Wessex 4x4 Response?

October 2017

What is your role at Wessex 4x4 Response?

I am currently the Chairman for Wessex 4×4 Response, I am also Lead Controller and have different roles within the Charity. I have access to a 4×4 to aid when it is required and when I am available.

What has been your most memorable experience as a volunteer so far?

During Beast from the East, I was helping the Media Team with requests from Members of the Public for Help, this was also the same time that I had my first deployment to Yeovil to move a Mental Health First Aid Nurse from my home town.

How do you balance volunteering with your other commitments?

I’m generally available during Monday to Friday evenings (5pm – 4am) and on Saturdays and Sundays. Balancing work, personal commitments, and my involvement with Wessex 4×4 Response can be challenging at times, given the significant time I dedicate to the charity. Nevertheless, I make every effort to find that balance.

During my work shifts, I often engage in Control work as I’m stationed at a computer. From my perspective as a member, I firmly believe that if I have the capacity to contribute and help, then I do so!

What do you find most fulfilling about being a volunteer here?

Knowing that we can made a difference in our local community.

What advice would you give to someone considering joining Wessex 4x4 Response?

If you have a dedicationt to help, even if you don’t have a 4×4 there is always a role for you!

Tell us about a skill or lesson you've gained from your volunteer experience:

Mostly the Risk side of things, and stopping to think before you leap!

What are your hopes for the future of Wessex 4x4 Response?

That we continue to grow and get more Events and Charities working with us!

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