In the first of our series we get to know Anne Elkins, Talking Tree’s Volunteer Coordinator.
Anne (known as Annie) grew up in Teddington and now lives in Ashford where she managed to buy her own little flat a few years ago. She works at a London-based surplus food redistribution charity called The Felix Project.
What attracted you to Talking Tree?
I’d been looking for a local organisation to volunteer with since moving to Ashford. I’m interested and passionate about community, sustainability, the environment and food so it seemed right up my street!
What inspired you to get involved?
I’m a people person and, having recently moved to a new-ish area was keen to meet new people and get involved in the community here.
What’s the most enjoyable thing you’ve done at TT?
Probably the thing I’ve enjoyed the most and got the most satisfaction from is seeing new volunteers sign up (I’m volunteering as a Volunteer Coordinator), meeting the team (online at the moment!) and then very quickly getting involved in whatever way they can. It’s great to see our community growing.
Who is your sustainability hero and why?
Hmm I’m not sure I have one, but every single person that does anything to help our planet is on the right track and is therefore a hero in their own way.
What music / song inspires you?
In a lot of areas in life I love variety and music is no different. I listen to all types of music and songs, from world to classical, soul to hip hop. BBC Radio 6 is my favourite station
What was the last book you read?
The Librarian of Auschwitz. An amazing read.
What’s your favourite word?
Haha I have loads! I think I say ‘yay’ quite a lot?!?!
What do you love to eat?
Light, healthy, unprocessed, vegetarian foods are my fave. Plus anything I grow on my allotment or in my garden. I can’t wait for tomato season!!
Finish the sentence ‘I’m happiest when…..,’
…I’m listening to music and pottering in my garden or the allotment.
Would you recommend volunteering at Talking Tree to others? Why?
Yes absolutely. I’ve been involved several months and love it already. We are growing a wonderful community of like-minded people who care about the local community, the environment and sustainability. It’s very flexible – you can be involved as much or as little as you like. And the range of things we have to get involved with is wide so whatever your skill set or passion we’re sure to have something that suits you