About Sarah: 

Sarah is Alopecia UK's Volunteer Manager and joined the charity in January 2023. Originally from Lancashire, she moved down to London in 1999 to pursue a career in finance and accountancy recruitment. Now living with her husband and five children in Berkshire, Sarah is an active member of her local community and has been running a Beaver Scout group since Summer 2020. Sarah first experienced Alopecia Universalis as a teenager in the 1990s and, after years of experiencing regrowth, is now living with it again today in her 40s.

Sarah’s background:

Sarah joins Alopecia UK following a 22-year career in recruitment where she held a variety of roles, eventually leading teams across recruitment, training and client development. Prior to this Sarah spent much of her younger years volunteering with the youth group The Woodcraft Folk and youth councils such as the British Youth Council. Having always been an advocate for inclusive practices that promote diversity, she wants to apply the skills that she has learnt to developing, supporting and building upon the wonderful volunteer community already dedicated to Alopecia UK.

Sarah at Alopecia UK:

Volunteers are at the heart of any small charity, put simply- we couldn't do what we do without them. Sarah will be working to develop all areas of our volunteer base to support the charity's work. Following lockdown revival of the face-to-face local support group meet ups continues to be a priority, alongside reinstating the online support groups for choice and access. She will ensure that our Support Group Leaders are set up and supported to organise and facilitate these sessions. Sarah works with our Events Manager Naomi to harness volunteer support for the events and activities run by the charity, such as the Big Weekend and Alton Towers events. She will remain focused on making sure that Alopecia UK continues to offer a rewarding, fun and safe volunteering experience that is well supported for anyone participating.

"I am so excited to join Alopecia UK as Volunteer Manager. Having first experienced alopecia at a time when support and awareness were severely lacking and before Alopecia UK existed, it is so inspiring and comforting to see how much is now on offer from the charity. I know just how vital volunteers are to small charities and my new colleagues tell me that AUK is lucky to have some wonderful volunteers. I am looking forward to getting to know and supporting those already volunteering with us, and hopefully finding some new volunteers too."

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