Linda Pickering Née Gunnarsson (Industrial Artist) shares her story on becoming a volunteer...

Cowbridge volunteer Linda

In 1967 having left the UK for Australia being a sea wife, I became a non-resident, visiting many countries in the world. I saw so much poverty and people needing help that I was determined to help people once back in Wales.

After supporting my two daughters Britt and Michele in their professions to become a Lawyer and an Art Lecturer, I was able to dedicate time to volunteering. I began volunteering for the Red Cross ten years ago and started volunteering for Emmaus South Wales three years ago. 

However, my favourite out of the two has to be the Emmaus organisation. I volunteer in the Cowbridge shop and the staff and Companions are just great! My contribution of seven hours every Wednesday just proves that. I also come in and volunteer on a Saturday too if the Shop Manager needs a hand. I've also got other people to volunteer at the Emmaus shop in Cowbridge after sharing my positive experience.

Volunteer Linda sorting through the clothing display in Cowbridge

Something I really enjoy is creating the shop window displays. I come from an artistic background having worked as an Art Lecturer for Social Services and Barry College. In April, we did a beautiful themed window display with a range of hats decorated with colourful flowers. We wanted to attract people into the shop, so I designed this window to the best of my ability with that in mind. I named this window display Easter Time. I plan to do a picnic theme next ready for the warmer weather, so my house is currently full of baskets!

Lindas hat shop window display Emmaus Cowbridge


A close up of one of the hats Linda decorated for the shop window display

The Emmaus shop in Cowbridge is my temple and I’m always buying things from the shop. I never leave without buying anything. I would just like to say a big thank you to Emmaus for giving me the opportunity of being a volunteer for the organisation.

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