“I know I won’t be able to find a volunteer role”.


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Patrick, Programme User

Patrick was referred to us in July by Hestia.

He came to our office lacking in confidence and said to our Stepping Stones Coordinator “I know I won’t be able to find a volunteer role”.

Little did Patrick know, we were on hand to help!

Patrick has mental health issues and his employment history showed that he had not worked for 10 years and he told us that he struggled to find motivation to do things and have an active life.

Following  the  registration  meeting our Stepping Stones Coordinator, Iuliana had three  further  sessions  with him to  build  and  develop  an  action  plan  in  order  to  achieve  his  personal goals, which were to:

  • Find a meaningful volunteer role and give something back to the community
  • Improve public speaking skills
  • Become more motivated
  • Develop new skills to help build CV
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop a sense of achievement

The  Volunteer  Centre  prepared  and  supported  Patrick  through  the  delivery  of  the action plan, by helping put together his CV and  applying for suitable  volunteering  opportunities  that  fulfil  his  interests  and  needs whilst preparing and supporting Patrick for interviews for volunteer opportunities.

With  the  help  of  our Stepping  Stones project,  Patrick  was  offered  a  volunteer  placement  to  work  at  a public library after an interview.

An opportunity  came  up  as  a  learner volunteer  for  The  Natural  History  Museum; with  the support  of Iulianna, Patrick managed to apply successfully despite the high level of the competition (90 applications!)  and the  high  demands of  the  recruitment  process.

Since  February,  Patrick  has  been  a  very  committed  volunteer  for  The  Natural  History Museum and his  manager  is  delighted  with  his  work:

“Patrick  is  developing into a wonderful learning volunteer. He has a clear interest in natural history and is  able  to  engage  with  young  and older  visitors  and  has  noticeably  increased  in  confidence  since  joining  us.” Emilie  –  NHM Volunteer Coordinator.