Celebrating volunteers week – Izzy’s story
Hi I’m Izzy and I have recently joined saha as a volunteer in the HR department.
Last year I had to give up my job due to ill health and found it very difficult to adapt to not having the structure that working gave me. As my health was stabilised with treatment I decided to find\a few hour’s volunteer work to get me back into some kind of routine. This did take a lot of research as I needed something very flexible due to hospital visits etc so my first stop was of course the internet.
After a lot of searching I found two web sites to be really helpful www.boltoncvs.org.uk and www.doit.org.uk I then applied to several charities and arranged meetings with them to decide which one I would be most suited to and also which one could use my skills to their advantage.
There are so many charities looking for volunteers it’s difficult to decide which one to give your time to but you have to be sensible about which role you commit yourself to and not take on more than you can handle.
During the meeting with saha it was obvious right from the start that this was a perfect match for both the charity and me as the position suited my needs perfectly and saha are able to use my skills to their advantage and as saha was known to me through friends and family who had received help from the charity I felt I would be giving something back.
Although its early days I am really enjoying my time with saha and have been made very welcome I’m learning new things each day and hopefully saha are gaining as much from me as I am from them. I feel like I have a purpose again. Volunteering is a very rewarding way to fill your time and give back to the community.
I would recommend saha as an ideal charity to volunteer for.