This week is Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) – a week to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.
We would like to take this opportunity to share stories from our volunteers and information on how you can get involved in volunteering yourself.
Meet Sophie, Andy & Tom…
Sophie, aged 23 from St Helens volunteers every Monday helping out residents at Parr Mount Court, extra care scheme with their weekly quiz.
As the resident Quiz Master, Sophie researches and creates the quizzes each week, including a picture and general trivia round.
Sophie said; “Volunteering has help me grow in confidence and make new friends.
I really enjoy doing the quiz, it makes me feel good! Especially when I get to give the prizes to the winners.”
Sophie has also started helping the staff at the scheme with the monthly resident newsletter.
Being a volunteer with us has enabled Sophie to develop new skills, meet new people and make new friends.
Andy, aged 35 from St Helens is a volunteer caretaker who is gaining work experience, improving his skills and helping the community whilst working with our local care-taking teams.
Andy said; “No two days are the same, one day I am helping deliver leaflets and talking to people, others I am helping to clean up the estate.”
I look forward to my volunteering each week, everyone is friendly. I enjoy being busy and I feel like I am helping the community. It has helped me to learn all kinds of new things.”
Andy is hoping that his new skills and improved confidence will have him move closer to employment and progress.
Tom, aged 68 from Warrington has always enjoyed working with computers, he wanted to share his skills with other and started as a ‘Digital Skills Volunteer’ helping to support tenants to get online, use a computer and browse the internet.
Tom said; “Volunteering makes me happy and useful again! As I am retired it helps me to keep busy and have structure to my week. The team from Torus are so supportive and easy to work with.”
Through his volunteering Tom has also improved his communication skills, completed a computer course and has made new friends in his area.
Find out more about volunteering and work placements with Torus
Volunteering and work placements are a vital tool when looking for work. They are a fantastic opportunity to help you:
- develop skills
- boost confidence
- meet new people and develop contacts
- gain further skills and experience
- improve your CV
So if Sophie, Andy and Tom have inspired you and you want to find out more about volunteering contact Annie Baker our friendly Work Placement and Volunteer Coordinator on 07766644864.