"With my own personal experience, determination to find employment together with the positivity/chats, advice, help, and enthusiasm from the gang, I wanted to give back what Working for Health gave to me"Andrew | Hull
A bit about yourself
I’ve been a member of Working for Health since last year after a recommendation from Blokes United. Various reasons caused me to leave my job last year however, I managed to gain temporary employment after 6 months with Working for Health. When this ended, I sought the help of the organisation again after 5 month I started a full-time role. I wanted to help in any way I could so at the start of the year I became a volunteer.
Your volunteer role and responsibilities
I’m a Workplace Volunteer which means I assist members with job searches, applications and restructuring CV’s to enhance chances of job outcomes I also conduct mock interviews as part of a panel and provide feedback.
Why did you want to volunteer at Working for Health?
With my own personal experience, determination to find employment together with the positivity/chats, advice, help, and enthusiasm from the gang, I wanted to give back what Working for Health gave to me.
How did volunteering at Working for Health benefit you?
Very much so. I’ve been able to improve my computer skills that were very rusty and gained valuable experience for future employment opportunities. There have been many other benefits too but I feel the main one for me has been chatting to the members about their own experiences of mental health and having more of an understanding about this common condition.
Tell us about a moment that stood out for you whilst volunteering
My proudest moment was when a member, who I’ve been mentoring, was given an opportunity of an interview. At first, he was dubious about adding his new CV to various job websites but after chatting numerous times and reassuring him, he agreed. He then found a job and had the confidence to apply for it. I also had the opportunity to take part in a mock interview with him along with Ricky and with some positive feedback, he nailed the interview on the day and boom he got the job. Oh happy days!!
Why would you recommend volunteering at Working for Health?
This is an awesome organisation with amazing group of staff. The atmosphere is really relaxed, plenty of chats, laughs a caring environment and made to feel very welcome. I really enjoy volunteering and I’m confident you will too, as well as feeling ’tickety-boo’.