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An Interview with… Ian Blackie

Kids Like Us volunteers come in all forms – from public faces like Bert who runs the Kids Like Checks Chess KLUb through to behind-the-scenes helpers like Jane who helps us out in so many ways that the public rarely sees.

We’re kicking off the new year with another of these behind-the-scenes helpers, Ian. Ian is a brilliant all-round volunteer, and we really appreciate everything he does to help us!

With his quick wit and invaluable contributions, Ian was the perfect person for us to sit down with for our first Q&A of 2017…


Q: How did you first hear about Kids Like Us?

Ian: We’ve been with Anne since before the inception of KLU! We heard about her through word of mouth from a nurse friend of my wife, Jane’s, who suggested that she might be able to help our son, and so we’ve been with her ever since.

We have seen a lot of change and great things for all the kids that have been helped, and it’s just a great environment to be part of!

Q: What made you decide to become a volunteer?

Ian: I love working with kids, young and old, and enjoy helping others try to achieve their goals and expectations.

I’ve always been fond of volunteering – I was on the School Council at Primary School as a member and the Maintenance Advisor; and was also involved with 7th Cheltenham Cubs & Scouts as a Parent Helper and on their Council. Now, I am involved with KLU as a support role for any and all, whenever and wherever I’m needed.

Q: Tell us a little about what you do at Kids Like Us

Ian: I am in the background as a helper with any tasks that Anne or Catherine require, or anyone else that may need my assistance with maintenance, support or general tasks. I can also offer a shoulder for anyone that may need support at any time in any capacity.

Q: What’s the best thing about working with Kids Like Us?

Ian: It’s very rewarding seeing the kids achieve their goals and milestones – either small or large, and moving into the next phase of their lives.

Q: What do you do when you’re not at Kids Like Us?

Ian: I am an Account Manager / Technical Support for a major Overseas Electrical Manufacturing Company in Australia. I now look after all of Australia, so it’s a pretty full-on time consuming role!

Q: If you were a fictional character, which character do you think you’d be – and why?

Ian: Yoda [from Star Wars] – I like the way he talks and his mysterious ways!

Q: What was your favourite book when you were at school?

Ian: That’s too long ago – we didn’t have books then!