Best known by many for her charity skydive in March 2016, Chloe joined VIH in February 2014 as Volunteer Co-ordinator. As part of restructuring in November 2015, Chloe was promoted to Office Manager, overseeing the day-to-day running of the team, whilst Bob Alford was taken on as Chief Officer to manage the overall sustainability of the charity.
How did you join VIH?
Before VIH, I was working at a social enterprise in Newton Abbot, and one of its aims was to support other lottery funded projects, so one evening I found myself lugging tables and chairs around and pouring mulled wines for a VIH Christmas Event in December 2013. On the night I met several of the staff and volunteers and was really impressed with their dedication to the charity, so when an advert came up in the local paper a few weeks later it seemed like fate!
What do you like about working for VIH?
There is such a feel good factor to this job. Small acts of kindness go a really long way and I see our staff and volunteers supporting so many people week in week out. It’s heartwarming! I’m a Teignmouth Girl through and through and it’s a real pleasure to be able to work in and support my own community – not to mention convenient!
What has been your best moment so far?
My main highlight has to be one Christmas, when Julie Dingley and I made up a hamper of goodies and took them around to some of our clients to surprise them. It was the most wonderful day, and its coverage in the local paper really helped raise awareness of the charity. Soon after it was printed Ken and Sheila Goodsell came in to enquire about volunteering: they have since become our Chair and our Transport Co-ordinator. At the moment I’m really enjoying working on the penfriendship project with Shaldon School pupils.
What are you looking forward to in 2017?
This year has been huge for me and for the charity. I feel like we are now at a point where we have a full team who are working together really well and enjoying their work, making a real difference to the community. Now that everyone is settled in I just can’t wait to have a big clearout of our various storage areas! These are full of things people have donated to us over the years, craft items and lots more – I am hoping to find some real gems!