Tagged with: Volunteering Stories

  • Nick’s Story

    28 Jun 2019

    "The cursor in the search bar blinked. Fingers sat motionless on the keys. Is this what we want to do? What are we hoping to find out? Why am I thinking, “how bad will it be?” Why her? Will she be okay? What will her life be like? All the questions that you may have wistfully imagined answers to while watching the sunrise now cascaded in search of answers in front of a monitor. The idea of finding out as frightening as not knowing."

  • Amelia’s Story

    7 Jun 2019

    Amelia is part of CLAPA's Board of Trustees. Our Trustees are a small group of volunteers who take responsibility for governing CLAPA as a charity and directing how it is managed and run. CLAPA's staff look after the charity's day-to-day work, but our Board of Trustees ensures everything we do is governed and directed by the cleft community.

  • Eleanor’s Story!

    5 Jun 2019

    Eleanor, now in her early 20s, volunteers for CLAPA by helping to run Residential Weekends for young people born with a cleft. From adventure activities and team games to the opportunity to relax and have fun with others who have similar experiences, these weekends are aimed at tackling the isolation that can sometimes come with being born with a cleft.

  • Oliver’s Story!

    31 May 2019

    “I hadn’t thought about CLAPA in years,” Oliver admits. “I used to go to the Christmas parties when I was younger and I had really nice memories of them which came back when I saw the logo, they were fun parties.” CLAPA Trustee Oliver shares his story ahead of CLAPA's 40th birthday.

  • Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2018

    7 Jun 2018

    As Volunteers' Week 2018 comes to an end, we wanted to say a huge thank you to all of CLAPA's amazing volunteers for your continued dedication and support.

  • City Cambodia Project 2017: Weeks 4 & 5

    12 Oct 2017

    On Monday we did our first training session at CSC. We taught Vin about the anatomy and physiology of the speech system. We also began to teach her about speech sound production

  • Volunteers Week – Charlotte

    2 Jun 2017

    I am branch secretary for the CLAPA Bucks & Beds Branch. My husband was born with a cleft lip and palate, so we have been aware of CLAPA for a number of years.

  • Photo of Rona Slator

    Trustees Week – Rona Slator

    11 Nov 2016

    I am a Consultant Plastic Surgeon who specialises in cleft lip and palate. I have been interested in work with children since I was a medical student, and in cleft lip and palate since I was a house surgeon in Plastic Surgery in London in 1984

  • Photo of Cassie Footman

    Trustees Week – Cassie Footman

    9 Nov 2016

    I am mum to Kiera and Regan – Regan was born with a complete unilateral cleft lip & palate. He’s due for an alveolar bone graft in the next 12 months and has now got the bug for raising money for CLAPA.

  • UK Stickler Syndrome Conference 2016

    9 Nov 2016

    Long-time CLAPA volunteer Maria recently attended the UK Stickler Syndrome Conference, and here she shares her thoughts on the weekend.