Quotes from Volunteers
“It’s amazing how a couple of hours a week can make someone’s day, or week”.
“Volunteering was initially started as a work placement for my degree. I stayed because I enjoyed spending time with my family.”
“[Volunteering] has given me a greater insight into the needs of families with young children. It has given me community experience.”
Volunteer Case Study
I have been a Home-Start volunteer for a bit over a year and I feel it’s one of the best opportunities I have taken up.
The reason I decided to do volunteer work, was that I had a lot of spare time in the week after I brought my son to his nursery. I also wanted to gain some work experience, so when I was ready to go back to work I would have some background knowledge of working as a support worker or a career in care work.
I feel I have managed to gain a lot of experience with working on a 1:1 basis with a family and in a team. I have realised now that because of working with others I have gained a lot of confidence, which has also helped a lot in my personal life.
Being able to support and help others when they are going through times of hardship and vulnerable situations in their lives, is very rewarding as you’re making a difference with the families.
Volunteering for Home-Start Croydon has been very flexible, so I’ve been able to work around taking my own children to school and as I only do 2-3 hours each week of volunteer work, it is really great.
I would recommend volunteering for Home-Start; the staff are very friendly and helpful. The process from applying to be a volunteer to actually starting did not take long.
So try to take up this opportunity as it may lead to other avenues in your life.