Mausam Gurang - our April Volunteer of the Month, read her story:-
Mausam Gurung has been volunteering through the SU’s volunteering service for over a year now and has been involved with numerous local charities and projects. Mausam never seeks recognition and will always play down the work she does saying ‘it’s just my passion and wanting to help others comes naturally to me’.
For the past year Mausam has been a key member of a Food Pick-Up service for a homeless café for local charity ‘Sanctus’. Sanctus, through their café, provide shelter, warm food and drink, and a friendly place for homeless people to gather. Mausam collects unused food from retail food outlets such as Greggs and Pret a Manger after they close for the day. She then takes it to Sanctus café, labels it, makes sure it is correctly wrapped and stored and is there for when the café opens the next day. Mausam rarely gets to meet the café’s clientele so her volunteering really is a selfless act, just knowing she has done something good is enough to make her do it all again the next day. The café is a life line to many homeless people in Chelmsford and for some it has been the chance to find the help they desperately needed to get their lives back on track.
To find out more about Sanctus and how you can help go to:- www.sanctus-home.com
During the summer breaks Mausam volunteers with local children’s charity ‘Kids Inspire’ who help disadvantaged children fulfil their potential through counselling and therapy. Mausam helps with their summer activities and holiday lunch clubs, providing food for children who may otherwise not have lunch and entertaining them with fun games and crafts.
The Essex Boys and Girls Club in Chelmsford organise a yearly Jailbreak to raise money for local charities, Mausam was part of a Jailbreak team last year and raised much needed funds for Sanctus Homeless Café and the Essex Boys and Girls Club.
Mausam is also a member of the RAG Society and helps with their charity collections.
We asked Mausam what do you enjoy about volunteering ?. She said ‘To see a smile on a person’s face makes me feel content. To do something for someone else, no matter how small has to be good’.
Thank you Mausam for all the amazing volunteering work you do in your local community and we hope your story inspires others to make a difference.