Family: Married, 2 children
Project: Doorstep Learning
Health problems meant that Bob had to give up his job. He became depresse depressed and lost all his self esteem and confidence. He was unable to leave home on his own and his wife had to accompany him everywhere. Bob heard about our Doorstep Learning at the Jobcentre but didn't feel able to contact us. His wife rang to make an appointment on his behalf and came with him to the initial session where Bob enrolled on a Confidence Building course.
Bob was very nervous about going to the first session but he was determined to see it through. He settled into the course well and began to enjoy it and to look forward to each session. At the end he said "This is a brilliant course and it has really helped me to regain my confidence. I now realise that I am not a failure and that I can achieve whatever I want to."
Since completing the course Bob has gone on to do Security Guard training. Doing these courses helped Bob to turn his life around and he is now keen to help others do the same. He completed training to be a Community Learning Champion. This means that Bob now promotes the courses to his friends and family so that they can benefit in the same way that Bob did.
"I want to do more volunteering so that I can tell other people about the opportunities and encourage them to take the first step"
Family: Lives with parents
Romy had been, doing voluntary work in Africa, when she had contracted a bad bout of Malaria. While recovering at home she was looking for something to do that would help her get back into work when the time came.
Romy agreed to become a volunteer with our Motiv8 project, helping other young people and she has since attended every week. Initially she was involved with the preparation, planning and clearing up. However she then began to take the lead in organising on activities during the sessions.
She has also volunteered with sports events for AmicusHorizon and helped in the schemes for older residents.
As a result of this experience she has been offered the chance to become a paid sessional worker with another organisation.
"Being able to volunteer has been a great way to build on my skills and add to my CV whilst recovering so I have a greater chance of work when I am ready to go back full time".
Volunteering Makes All the Difference
Name: Rose Norton
Project: Build Yourself
Area: St Leoanrds East Sussex
Rose Norton has been a fantastic help.
She volunteered on our Build Yourself course supporting young people aged 18-24 to learn construction and DIY skills.
Here's her story...
Rose joined one of our construction skills courses some years ago as a participant.
This led her to think about becoming a professional painter and decorator.
Rose went on to successfully pass her Level 2 and 3 in painting and decorating and with the support of AmicusHorizon she also gained a CSCS qualification.
After that there was no stopping her!
Rose worked with several construction companies and on building sites. She soon decided to setup her own painting and decorating business. This allowed her to support our Women in Construction programme, employing and training several female labourers and decorators.
More recently Rose bumped into Naomi Mileham Project Co-ordinator for our Build Yourself project. After a catch up they both came up with a bright idea. Rose has fostered 50 young people over the last 30 years, her kind heart and people skills were a perfect match for her to become a volunteer on the project.
Rose says, ‘I've really enjoyed helping with the Build Yourself Project. I can share my knowledge and help the group learn new skills. It's also great experience for me.'
Rose has just launched a brand new business which will deliver short courses to teach people decorating and home improvement skills.
‘I'm really excited about my DIY Bugs courses. Volunteering on the Build Yourself project has given me the confidence to take things forward. I've also really enjoyed working with a younger age group.'
Naomi Mileham – Build Yourself Project Co-ordinator says, ‘We're so pleased to have Rose on board. She's such a great example of how our courses can lead onto employment and qualifications. DIY and construction is often thought of as a male trade, but Rose is a shining example of how this doesn't need to be the case.'
If you'd like to find out more about Build Yourself call 0800 121 60 60 or email firstname.lastname@example.org