A wealth of people have given up their time to volunteer for NCHA over the years. Here is a selection of the comments they've made about the experience and what they got out of it.
Why do you volunteer?
- "Our service users inspire me to volunteer. My Foothold family have helped me become a more empathetic person and a more capable professional."
- "Just seeing a service user benefit from my time volunteering gives great me fulfilment."
- "Volunteering is hard work, as much as working for money. But the mental rewards are far greater."
- "I gain satisfaction from teaching tenants how to use technology at Lilac Court. This helps with social exclusion and makes life easier for people with mobility issues."
- "My confidence has gone up, and it has also helped me with my depression and anxiety. Volunteering has made me realise what I eventually want as a career." Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator, Young People Service
- "My confidence is much better and I think I’ve made a good impact on people." Volunteer Peer Mentor, Young People Service
- "This experience has been so valuable. I have learned an enormous amount about the diversity of the Nottingham city community, housing and social policy, and safeguarding. Not just this, but I feel my experience has made me a more adaptable and assertive person and shown me how a supportive work environment can make a team flourish." Volunteer, Independent Living Service
Socialising and new experiences
"It is nice to mix with people, and I have made many new friends." Activity Volunteer, Older Person’s Services
"I thrive on helping others. I have been in that position before, so I know how hard it is without family or financial stability and because I got so much help from NCHA, I like to give something back." Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator, Young People’s Service
"People are engaged, appreciative and identify with making a group art display, far more than I could have hoped." Volunteer Arts and Crafts Activity Organiser, Registered Care Home
Getting back to work
"I am now looking forward to starting work again after volunteering with NCHA for 7 months. It has helped me in my job development. Thanks to the team for their help, support and encouragement." Volunteer Administrator, Independent Living Service
"I have always felt destined to help people, but becoming ill, I felt I had to help myself first. Going through NCHA and receiving support from others gave me a new perspective on life and then after the positive experiences I gained volunteering, I set out to help others by becoming a support worker myself!" Volunteer Peer Mentor, Mental Health Services
Volunteering at NCHA
"Staff are welcoming and supportive." Volunteer Arts and Crafts Activity Organiser, Registered Care Home
"I began at Foothold as part of my university placement but was encouraged to continue as a volunteer afterwards. The variety in the role has enabled me to gain a holistic understanding of the service and its users – who are diverse and whose support needs are varied. The inclusive team values I believe contribute to my growing confidence as I feel supported and empowered to act with autonomy by their enthusiasm, support, and trust in my capability." Volunteer, Independent Living Service