Volunteers Week: Our Man In Scotland

02 June 2021

During lockdown, many of us have had to get used to working from home, but for one SSAFA Wiltshire volunteer nothing has changed.  David Covey has been working remotely for two years since moving to Scotland, so when the UK entered lockdown, he was more than prepared.

David has been volunteering at SSAFA for more than nine years, the last six of which have been as the Publicity Officer for SSAFA’s Wiltshire branch. During this time, he has been successful in growing the branch’s Facebook following from 60 followers to over 2,400. Having previously worked in IT roles and using the internet since 1992, it was fairly easy for David to adapt to digital marketing for SSAFA.

“I have to admit that I wasn’t entirely convinced about SSAFA being on Facebook in the early days. Social media was still new, and it seemed like having a Facebook page was pointless. But looking at our social media presence now, I can see just how important it is in reaching out to those in need and engaging with our audience. In fact, Facebook has now become our primary method of contacting people in Wiltshire!”

Having spent 15 years serving in the Army (2nd Royal Tank Regiment), David was no stranger to the challenges faced by Veterans transitioning to civilian life. Being able to relate to what others were struggling with has shown him the importance of SSAFA’s work for those who have served and their families.

“I would encourage anyone looking for a worthwhile way to spend some of their free time to consider volunteering for SSAFA.  You can make a big difference to people’s lives by working from home, indeed, you can work from anywhere and make a difference. A military background isn’t needed as there is a role for everybody in SSAFA. More than anything, we need willing helpers who can go out their way to help those in need.”

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