I wanted to become a volunteer for many reasons:
- I wanted to do something good within the community.
- I wanted to gain more confidence in myself.
- I have mental health issues (complex PTSD) so I wanted to do something where I would be more supported more than if it was just a job.
- I wanted to meet a more wide variety of people from all different walks of life.
I decided to become a volunteer nearly 2 years ago. I set up a mental health group that ran once a week. From there I heard about volunteer roles at Gannow Community Centre. Since November 2018 I have been a kitchen volunteer at GCC.
I cannot even begin to describe all the benefits I have experienced but I will try; I feel supported, accepted and part of a community (maybe for the first time ever in my life).
Having complex PTSD is very hard to live with but I’ve learned through my role that I’m able to open up. I have people that support me, give me the kick up the backside I need at times and, most importantly they show me other ways to view things. I’m also gaining confidence, learning new things and making a variety of friends. Sometimes I even make a difference to someone else who may be having difficulties. The benefits of volunteering are endless.
I already have part time employment but I can see how volunteering could help people to gain skills.
I highly recommend volunteering. The benefits are endless and the skills you can gain will last a lifetime. The courses available through your volunteer role add to your CV and boost your confidence. I’m very lucky to be a part of BPRCVS.