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Case Study: Benefits of Volunteering in The Moorlands

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Fri 4 Dec 2015

Do you have time to spare or are you thinking of returning to work?Shine Volunteering

Have you thought of volunteering?

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and have fun. It gives you the chance to get involved in your local community, use your skills and develop new ones. You can give as much or as little time as you have available; become involved on a long term basis or help out at a single event. Although you won’t get paid, you will be given training and work in a safe and supportive environment.

Through Support Staffordshire’s work club, Sara has had the opportunity to look at a wide range of volunteering opportunities before deciding to volunteer at Shine at Haregate Community centre in Leek. Prior to this she had had a number of years out of work whilst she was bringing up her children. Sara was eager to return to work after the break, she felt that she wanted to try something different to the kind of work she had done in the past.

Sara started volunteering in March 2015, she has also completed Health and Safety, Food Hygiene, First Aid Certificates through the Leek Work Club

Sara said “I absolutely love volunteering, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days of my week. I love being a mum but when I am a volunteer I am me. Working with the people who use the centre gives me a real buzz. I have gained so many new skills and really grown in confidence.

Support Staffordshire based at 9 High Street can support you to look for volunteering opportunities within your local area. We are open Monday to Friday between 10am and 12 noon we also hold a work club, supporting people to gain employment, every Wednesday between 10am and 12 noon. For further enquires please phone 01538 398240.

Photo - Left to Right: Matthew Rowlands Shine Activity Co-ordinator, Jayne Page Shine Project Manager, Jacqui Belfield and Sara Barlow.