It’s Volunteer Week, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the wonderful volunteers who give their time to support our work in our communities. Their passion and commitment enables us to do so much more for the people who live in our neighbourhoods.
Here's the story of one of our volunteers, Michelle Thomas, who, through a combination of volunteering with us, accessing training and support from us, and her own determination is well on the way to achieving her dream career.
Michelle’s volunteering journey started when she joined our Community Connections project. She enrolled on our volunteering course and through that started to volunteer at our Health and Wellbeing Hub in Welland.
Michelle had so many skills to bring to the role, from her previous work experience in social care, to her caring personality and soft tone of voice, which instantly puts people at ease. Plus she uses her great organisational skills and initiative to help with the smooth running of the hub.
Michelle is always organised and puts in extra shifts to help with celebration events like Halloween, Christmas and our support coffee mornings.
Michelle’s ultimate aim is to become a qualified counsellor, and the first step to this was enrolling on the Level 1 Mental Health Awareness course with CKH. Following her success on this course, the Community Connections project funded Michelle to enrol on the Level 2 Award in Counselling with City College Peterborough.
Despite having to juggle family life and caring for her mum, Michelle has continued with her studies and volunteering, achieving so much. She has now just completed her final assignment for her Level 2 Diploma in Counselling and has used many of the skills learnt on her course in her volunteering role. Likewise, her time volunteering has given her great experience that she will be able to apply to any future employment. She has been a huge asset to the team at the Health and Wellbeing Hub.
“I love helping people and working with people. Through volunteering and the courses I have done alongside this, I have gained in confidence and self-belief. I now know I can do anything I put my mind to! I have been so supported and encouraged by everyone at CKH, they have helped to make my volunteering experience so enjoyable.”
Unfortunately, coronavirus has meant our hubs have had to close temporarily, but we have kept in touch with our group of volunteers, and they are all very keen to get back, once they can do safely. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with CKH, or how we can support you volunteering with other organisations, please get in touch with our Communities team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org