Friday 5 August 2022

Driver 308’s Commonwealth Games Adventure


Norman, our dedicated and much loved long-term volunteer, has a passion for driving, aside from his passion for volunteering.

Prior to volunteering with Camphill Milton Keynes, Norman already had extensive volunteering experiences alongside his busy professional life. Starting from 1979 with St John's Ambulance, to the London 2012 Olympics and the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014, Norman found volunteering so rewarding that he decided to resign from his well-paid job as an IT professional, in order to focus on his voluntary work. Since 2015, Norman has volunteered with various charities - Papworth Trust as an IT volunteer, driving for MK IF festivals, food sorter and van driver for MK Food Bank and many many more.

At Camphill, Norman helps us in many different ways. When he’s not busy fixing the weaving looms, spinning wheels or fashioning knitting looms in our Weavery, he’d be busy dropping off and picking up our residents to and from their work placement venues outside our community. In between the errands, he’d be taking residents out on day trips, nature walks, ecological or local history lessons, acting both as our mini bus driver and local knowledge expert.

Norman’s consistent presence has made himself very popular among our residents and staff and an integral part of our community.  

As mentioned earlier, Norman volunteered as driver for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014 as a mini bus driver. This is how Norman looked then: 

This year, Norman was offered a position to drive a minibus for the Queen Barton Relay of the Commonwealth Games.

Norman is assigned the number 308, therefore this series is called Driver 308’s Commonwealth Games Adventure.

The Queen Barton Relay will traverse many cities and towns of England and cover thousands of miles, passing many places familiar to our residents and staff members. Driver 308 is hoping to share his driving experiences and connect with folks at home at Camphill. He has a plan to share photos and video footages caught on his dashcam with members of our community, while manoeuvring through his busy driving schedule. My fellow workshop member Lucie P and others will help me to write and publish on my Blog Norman’s stories and photos. Hope you enjoy reading this. 

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