Why are you a volunteer?
Volunteering is something I’m very passionate about. I love helping people and giving something back to the community.
Why are you an ambassador for volunteering?
I love speaking about what volunteering has done for me and I would like to encourage as many people as possible.
What volunteering have you done?
I volunteered as an advice worker for a Citizens Advice Bureau, helping people in the community who came in with issues such as housing and debt management. I’ve also volunteered for ASSIST (an organisation which challenges asylum destitution). I’ve also been a trustee of Voluntary Action Sheffield.
And what’s your latest role?
I’m currently a volunteer at SACMHA, the Sheffield African Caribbean Mental Health Association. I’m working with people who suffer from mental health problems, helping them to live as independent a life as possible. They have just come out of hospital and require assistance and support to get back into the community and live an independent life.
What have you gained from being a volunteer?
I’ve gained a lot – a lot of experience, work experience, skills. The most important thing is references, when I’m looking for jobs. I didn’t realise it would be so handy for helping in that way.
What would you say to someone thinking about volunteering?
You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain!
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