1 Mar 2018
Jan has been able to use the skills developed in her working life to helping others in Bridgend in her retirement. She tells her story.
I volunteer at Princess of
Wales hospital on the reception desk and the Food Shed serving and delivering meals to
local homes in Bridgend. Having time on my hands I visited
BAVO's Volunteer Centre offices to discuss volunteering, I wanted
to be productive, to meet new people in a new environment which was
different from my previous job - something new!'
'Volunteering has helped me make new friends, given me back some
lost confidence, allowed me to use skills I once had in a previous
job helping with my confidence to deal with people, volunteering
made me a productive member of the community given me a sense of
worth and self esteem. Made me realise and appreciate that in
retirement, I can still contribute to society in a positive way
helping others and myself.'
'BAVO's Volunteer Centre matched my needs to possible
volunteering they made suggestions which had never crossed my
mind. Opened doors, put me in contact with possible
organisations and volunteer opportunities they helped me find the
perfect volunteer opportunity for me.'
'Volunteer has allowed me to rethink about getting a part time job
as the volunteering has reminded me I still have useful and
important skills that since retirement, I haven't used. Time
to re-invent myself perhaps with my confidence