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I've been managing volunteers for over 10 years and am currently employed as Volunteer and Development Manager at George House Trust; an HIV health and social care charity in Manchester. My writing on i-volunteer represents my own views - not necessarily those of the organisations I'm involved with!

Prior to this, I led the development of a youth volunteering, mentoring and supported volunteering programme in Sefton, Merseyside. I've also volunteered for a range of organisations including peer education projects, student advice lines, local HIV charities and Manchester Literature Festival. I'm currently a trustee of Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation and a member of the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network Advisory Panel. You can also find me on Twitter @Lauh77