Paul tell us a bit about yourself:
I serve as a Senior Account Manager for a food import company that sources products from Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Additionally, I chair a parish council and act as an observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists. I used to play rugby for Bath when I was 18 and continue to support the sport as a lead steward at home games. Now, I engage in walking rugby, golf, pétanque (French bowls), paddleboarding, and cycling.
What inspired you to join Wessex 4x4 Response?
My motivation stems from a desire to give back to the community and help others, something evident from my various roles outside the organisation.
How long have you been a volunteer with Wessex 4x4 Response?
I’ve volunteered for 8 years and have taken on the role of Team Manager for the past 4.
What is your role at Wessex 4x4 Response?
As Team Manager, I oversee a variety of responsibilities and also form part of the Incident Support Unit (ISU) team
What has been your most memorable experience as a volunteer so far?
I’ve had many memorable experiences, but working two twelve-hour night shifts with the police during the Beast from the East, as well as providing traction assistance at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival, particularly stand out.
How do you balance volunteering with your other commitments?
Striking a balance can be challenging. While I’m keen to be available around the clock, my work commitments and family life sometimes dictate otherwise.
What do you find most fulfilling about being a volunteer here?
The most fulfilling aspect of volunteering is the ability to help those who may lack the resources to accomplish what they need to do. It’s all about giving back.
What advice would you give to someone considering joining Wessex 4x4 Response?
If you’re passionate about helping others and can offer even a limited amount of time, you’ll find the experience incredibly rewarding – Just do it!
Tell us about a skill or lesson you've gained from your volunteer experience:
My volunteer work has enriched my people skills and has given me the opportunity to interact with individuals I wouldn’t normally encounter in my day-to-day life.
What are your hopes for the future of Wessex 4x4 Response?
I look forward to continuing as Team Leader and I am committed to fulfilling any needs that arise within the community, as we aim to grow and make even more of an impact.