If you're unsure about the kind of volunteering opportunity you'd like to be involved in, perhaps these real life stories of people's volunteering experiences will give you an idea.
A small chance for Luis Young is going to
create a big opportunity. Luis Young left school without all the
qualifications needed to progress into further education college.
Luis then tried to reapply for 6th from college but found he was
struggling to complete all the qualifications he needed.
Luis, who is a fluent welsh
speaker, then became a volunteer with Creating Chances. With the
completion of his volunteering hours and his level 2 NVQ in
activity leadership, which is equivalent to 4 GCSE results, Luis
will have all the qualifications needed to go to college and to
study in the field he wants to.
Luis Young 'I started to volunteer with creating chances as I
really enjoyed sports coaching and didn't know how to get the
experience and qualifications I need to do this in the future. When
I then couldn't complete my 6th form year to get the qualifications
I need to go to college this Creating Chances is really going to
make a difference because it's going to give me the level 2
qualification I need'.
Luis has made a great deal of progress with his coaching and
session planning and has been a massive asset to our volunteering
team. With a large event days planned for the community in the
coming months this will give Luis a great opportunity to gather
experience and to show his knowledge and confidence to not only
himself but to others.
Jordan is a Wales International and currently plays for
Tranmere Rovers FC Ladies. Jordan Comes from a Deprived area of
North Wales and was struggling to find a local opportunity to
progress into Sports Coaching. Coaching is something that has been
high on her list and she jumped at the chance when Creating Chances
promoted their local MV Project.
Jordan who plays for Wales
Women's Youth has always had a massive interest in Sport but at
times found it hard to find any opportunities for young women in
sport. Jordan who is very proud to be one of the few young women
coaches in the area is progressing very well with her volunteering
In Partnership with Creating Chances Jordan is looking to the
future with her sports coaching and would like to build on her
volunteering in the local community over the next few years.
Jordan stated 'I've always been a fanatic Everton FC supporter
and having someone like Robbie Anderson, who has worked with
players like Wayne Rooney and coached at many Premier League
Football Clubs has given me the inspiration to start my coaching
journey with Creating Chances'
Tinashe Chendamudima explains how volunteering helped him
through difficult times and is proud to be a volunteer.
I was referred to The Mentor Ring (TMR) by PMHSS( Primary Mental
Health Support Scheme) after I'd been suffering from anxiety and
panic attacks for quite some time.
Medication and Counselling had been referred to me and trialled
previously but proved ineffective for me as an individual. I was so
apprehensive to visit The Mentor Ring (TMR) but thought I will give
it a go because at the time I was going through lot of stress and I
didn't know how to express it or 'how to deal' with it. On my first
visit to TMR offices I was very impressed by the work they do. So
for myself, making the decision to carry on was made very
I was assigned a dedicated mentor, who not only helped me with
networking but helped see indirectly and unconditionally that
anything was possible because her testimony was amazing just by
listening to her talk about how she managed to turn her own life
around, straight away I wanted what she had.
I wanted to study medicine and become a Neurologist, as
'unrealistic' as that sounded in my head at the time. TMR believed
in me and immediately made me feel that they saw my potential, thus
they gave me opportunities to get involved in different programmes
to help me with confidence. One of those programmes was the annual
MEC Health Fair and I was given a role as a volunteer. It was
daunting at first because I had never done anything like it in the
past and I was amazed at how well I was performing at the task in
hand. This gave me lot of confidence, belief that this wasn't the
end of me, belief that there was so much more still left in
I was constantly surrounded and motivated by mentors and role
models who would visit TMR offices on a weekly basis. One person
who stuck out for me was Sujatha Thaladi who came across as
positive, enthusiastic, caring and treated everyone exactly the
same, with care.
I didn't have GCSE's before my first encounter with TMR, now I do.
I would never had thought about going to university in the past
because the thought of the future scared me, now I am excited about
my future every day. I am still in touch with TMR to do occasional
volunteering. 'I came in as a referral, but now I am a volunteer'.
I enjoy being part of an organisation that gives a lot to the
community and especially someone like myself. I will continue my
journey with a positive attitude. The Mentor Ring provide
one-to-one support and guidance to people of all ages and
backgrounds, helping you overcome significant barriers to social
inclusion. We help individuals and communities tackle their
personal challenges - whether it is in health & well-being,
education, training, employment or settling in the UK. We provide
specialist mentoring support and run a number of projects and
training courses. If you'd like to find out more, please visit www.MentorRing.org.uk