From Saturday 1 – Friday 7 June, it’s Volunteers’ Week 2019. This week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. So, we are sharing with you stories from individuals we support who are volunteers either through our EmployAbility service or elsewhere.
Hi my name is Paul,
The Surrey Choices EmployAbility team supported me to find a volunteering placement earlier this year as I wanted to gain some work experience and meet new people. I have now been volunteering at The Spire in Farnham since April and I couldn’t be happier.I was very nervous about the thought of volunteering as I didn’t know where I would be going, and who I would be meeting as I am very shy to begin with. I was also very excited about getting into volunteer work which calmed my nerves.It was great that I had someone showing me what to do on the first couple of occasions, which was really helpful because I was a bit worried as I don’t have a very loud voice, and I thought they might not be able to understand me. But I shouldn’t have worried at all because everyone I work with are all really nice people and showed me what to do!They showed me all the jobs that I now do on my own like filling the dishwasher and putting it on, as well as serving people at their tables and collecting the cups and sauces after they have finished. My communication and organisational skills have really improved since working at The Spire as I have many different tasks to complete and lots of people to communicate with to make sure their orders come out correctly.Volunteering has really changed my life, my confidence has grown as I have met new people I didn’t know before. Now I say “hello” if I see them in the streets away from the Spire! It makes me feel special when they call out to me in the street and stop and talk to me outside of work. I would recommend to everyone becoming a volunteer somewhere because it really makes you feel good. You not only feel as though you are doing something good for other people, but you also learn new things which you might not have ever learned.