A volunteer’s perspective – Part I

We met Georgina Cooper over a year ago when she popped into the gallery to see how she may be able to offer her time to help us out.  She was interested mostly in European Voluntary Service and how she could work with us to encourage young people to volunteer for projects in Europe and vice versa.

Georgina came accross as shy and lacked confidence but we saw tremendous potential and were excited to have her join us as part of our team.  She has blossomed since the first time we met her and she has done so much great work and we’re hoping funding will arrive to enable us to take her on as a Project Manager for a project she has herself created.  That’s enough of us now, we’ll let you read it in her own words.  Enjoy.

  • The Creative Collective
  • Name: Georgina Cooper
  • Current location: Megabus
  • Time: 1 hour late- Typical
  • Destination: Scotland

This 7-hour journey, to everything-deep-fried-land, is now going to officially be a self-reflectory period of the previous year or so, spent volunteering with the prestigious Art Gallery in Ashford, Kent -The Creative Collective.

In 2014, I was back from Finland, going through some wafty Culture Change and, making lattes at a cafe, like there’s no tomorrow. My days started merging together and my Creative nymphs started creeping out. I was fishing for a way to explore and was faced with nothing but beans, strange policies and late uni deadlines.

Thus, I showed up on the doorstep of The Creative Collective feeling slightly damp in spirit, but completely open minded to what was to come. The aim of the visit was to get other people in Kent, to become more aware of EVS; to find a way of getting involved in an Erasmus project. I am now involved with much, much more.

First impressions of The Creative Collective were set out pretty well, their fantastic ArtiGras Festival was taking place in the town, with live music and magical amounts of colour everywhere. I thought to myself: ‘this must be the busiest time for them’ and oh how I was wrong, there is never a time when events aren’t being planned.

A particular event planning stage that stands out in my memory, was for the Alice in Wonderland event. I came in spurting ideas about setting up a greeting cards company, and a friendly character that I had never met before, informed me to look into Waitrose/John Lewis to get support for them. I had made a new connection, but that wasn’t what had fascinated me (I’ll mention connections in my next post). What made me feel good, was the positive environment that I was in. I was in a place where great advice to pursue dreams, can be given, just by friendly conversation, and this is hard to come across.

Have you ever heard of HITRECORD by Joseph Levitt? He gets artists, videographers, script writers to join together. He gives them a theme and then people join together to make amazing pieces. We could do this; in fact, The Creative Collective already does this. There are tons of creative people down there already. I’ve heard all sorts of great ideas, like glow in the doodles going all over the walls. Do you have some eccentric ideas? pop down, we’d love to hear them. In your own time, you will progress in areas that you have passion for.

To be continued….

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