Volunteering has been educational, it's helped to grow my confidence and sense of self-worth and I've made some really good new friendships ...
Dan Whitaker started volunteering with GYCT in March 2017. He had known about the Trust as a teenager, through friends who came to services at the Priory Centre.
After working offshore Dan became unemployed through illness. He started to think about what he wanted out of a career, feeling that he had been in a dead end job and going nowhere. Then his GP suggested that he contact GYCT with a view to volunteering and he hasn't looked back since!
He initially began working with the Priory Online Project and the Learn My Way group. He soon branched out to help with the Priory Friendship Group on a Friday afternoon, helping to set up the room, signing people in and helping members of the group where needed. Recently he has begun work with the new Priory Pantry project and is now volunteering around 4 hours each day, really enjoying being able to help those who are struggling to get basic essentials they need.
Dan finds that volunteering has really boosted his sense of self worth as he finds helping an individual or making someone's life easier extremely fulfilling. This realisation led him to consider a new career path in health and social care work.
Through volunteering with the Trust he has been able to attend a Level 1 taster session in Health & Social Care, as well as workshops in interview skills, wellbeing and growing your confidence.
In the past few weeks doors have started to open for Dan. He has applied for a paid position as Employment Development Worker with Future Projects. If successful he will be helping people who haven't worked for years to find their way on to a career path, with help in areas such as writing a CV, interview techniques and essential skills training. Towards the end of February he will also be volunteering at the Living Room Project, which provides a weekend shelter for homeless people in Great Yarmouth. More recently he has been approached by East Coast College, who have been successful in obtaining funding for community projects. Dan has been asked to join a committee of local people who will decide where this funding is needed the most.
We are always on the look out for new volunteers who can help run our new Priory Pantry and currently have opportunities for a Priory Pantry Volunteer and a Priory Pantry Driver.
If you are interested in finding out more about these positions, or to see our full list of opportunities visit our Current Opportunities page.
Alternatively, just call our Volunteering Coordinator, Joleen Azevedo, for a chat:
T: 01493 743014 E: firstname.lastname@example.org