Meet our volunteers

What motivates our volunteers and what do they get out of it? Our community of over 45,000 volunteers from a huge range of jobs across the UK all have a story to tell about why they want to help raise children’s aspirations by showing them exciting future possibilities.

Read some of their stories here and sign up at the top of the page to start inviting volunteers to inspire your class.

David Tollafield, Retired Podiatrist

1st May 2019

1st May 2019

Retired Podiatrist and Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at Consulting Foot Pain. Not everybody ends up doing what they thought they would when they were a child, just like David Tollafield.  David had wanted to grow up to be a veterinary surgeon, but he ended up taking a completely different route and became a Podiatric Surgeon. Whilst […]

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Paul Bolton, Nurse

1st May 2019

1st May 2019

Senior Infection Prevention and Control Nurse at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals (NHS Foundation Trust). When Paul studying for his GCSE’s, all he wanted to be when he grew up was a journalist.  However, he became disenchanted with this career when he realised that there were so few jobs available. During his time with […]

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Chukwuma Anolue, Adminstrative Officer

17th December 2018

17th December 2018

Find out a bit about Chukwuma, an Administrative Officer for the Home Office, in this short post. He tells us about his journey with Inspiring the Future so far and why you should volunteer with us too.

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Lieta Marziali

25th October 2018

25th October 2018

I became a volunteer because I was eager to share my journey with the younger generation. Despite today’s job market shifting towards more varied and portfolio careers, there is still enormous pressure on children to “get it right” first time. This can start as early as picking extra-curricular activities in primary school, and certainly it […]

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Naila Ali, Lawyer

25th October 2018

25th October 2018

Naila is one our inspiring volunteers. She recently attended an event at Beckfoot Heaton Primary School, participating in a ‘What’s my Line?‘ assembly and classroom talks. Her inspiration for volunteering is her desire to show children and young people, from a similar background to herself, what they can achieve and aspire to regardless of where […]

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Colette Roach, NHS Project Manager

25th October 2018

25th October 2018

Colette is one of our inspiring NHS Ambassadors who signed up to Inspiring the Future as part of our campaign with NHS England, NHS Improvement and Health Education England to get more NHS Staff into schools, and talking to young people and children about the interesting roles available with the NHS.

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John McCrae, Custodial Manager

25th October 2018

25th October 2018

John is one of our inspiring volunteers. He has attended over ten events, and is keen to continue inspiring young people and children with Inspiring the Future. In this short blog post, John explains why he is so passionate about volunteering with us: “I believe in giving something back, reaping and sowing etc., I participated […]

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