My Story – A New Experience

by James Spyt


As one door closes, another one opens. Hello beautiful KEEN family.

For those of you who do not know me, my name is James and I recently joined KEEN as a volunteer. I moved to Oxford after graduating from university in Scotland where I grew up. The decision to move elsewhere was a difficult one with many factors to consider as I had to make sure this was right for me. DSCF6075

Transcending into a new environment has been an adventure which has brought many challenges. Moving to a new place represents new beginnings and presents one with the opportunity to meet new people and make friends.

Where was I to find these friendly faces?

This was a question I kept asking myself as I went in search of the answer. To every cloud there is a silver lining and for me that was KEEN. I approached KEEN quite tentative and nervous as I was unsure what to expect. I have volunteered for a few charities in the past as I have a real passion and desire to make a difference in people’s lives and KEEN came across as the perfect opportunity for me to achieve this. I have been volunteering with KEEN for one term and already I have made many friends. It was a slow start as I always have trouble taking the first step. I struggle to communicate with people because I lack the confidence to approach others. However, the volunteers from KEEN have been wonderful and have made me feel accepted. Certain KEEN volunteers have taken the time to introduce themselves and to get to know me more and it is this which makes KEEN a special organisation to be part of.

Love has a habit of spreading and I intend to guide it on its way by sprinkling my joy and happiness throughout KEEN. Some of you may have already noticed that I am fast becoming the KEEN supplier of baked goods. This is my way of passing on my warmth to you all. If you have any baking requests or suggestions please don’t hesitate to ask or forever hold your silence.

I will also be giving the volunteer blog posts some much needed attention so watch out for that and give it a read.

I would like to end my story with a short dialogue between one of the Athletes and myself during my first AllSorts session.

Athlete: “Is this your first time?”

Volunteer: “Yes it is”

Athlete: “It’s my first time too.”

Athlete: “Can I tell you something? I think I made a special friend

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