Spotlight on a Volunteer: Bhupinder Ghatahora

02 June 2017

Region: South West

To celebrate National Volunteers Week 2017 we will be posting an interview each day with one of our brilliant RPS volunteers to find out how and why they give up their time for The RPS. Today's spotlight is on Bhupinder Ghatahora.


Q.  Why did you start volunteering for the Society?
A. I am a qualified professional photographer and felt during my spare time I should 'give back' to new and seasoned photography enthusiasts what I have learnt over the years since qualifying with a BA (Hons) Degree in Photography and Digital Imaging. Being a volunteer will help me promote this through the Royal Photographic Society and I will also learn new and diverse skills from my colleagues and members of the RPS.


Q. What do you enjoy most about your role(s)?
A. I enjoy meeting people with different and diverse experiences and backgrounds. It has opened up new opportunities, however the best thing for me is connecting with the local community and making a difference.


Q. How do you manage your life around volunteering?
A. I plan my time by having a good work and family balance. This gives me sufficient spare time where I can comfortably carry out my volunteering duties.


Q. How has volunteering benefited you?
A. I have had a chance to meet and work with many interesting people which has broadened my experiences. I have gained confidence and interpersonal skills which are transferable to my professional work.


Q. What advice would you give to other members who may be interested in volunteering?
A. It is fun, you can challenge yourself to try something different and gain confidence, it's a great experience and you get to learn new skills, it's an excellent way to connect with the community and give something back, most of all you receive personal satisfaction by helping out.

To find out more about the many volunteer roles at The RPS visit www.rps.org/about/organisation/volunteers