Volunteering Case Studies
Meet some of our volunteers!
Coach (employability services)
Dave has volunteered with us for over five years and is currently our volunteer forum chair, as well as still supporting our clients in Portsmouth. He is retired from the Civil Service and an experienced coach, so uses his skills to support clients on our employability programmes to find and sustain work. Dave says, ‘The feedback I have had from staff is that I help the clients be more confident about their future and how to achieve their goals, which in turn helps them be more focussed. I get real satisfaction from seeing a client grow over the course of their time with me and believe in themselves more.’
Business mentor (New Enterprise Allowance)
Lee volunteers to help our clients on our employability programmes who have made the brave decision to set up their own business, or become self-employed. He says, ‘My background in Human Resources equips me to provide insight to entrepreneurs looking to grow their business, develop strategies, consider what sort of Leader they want to be and coach more widely for success.’ By sharing his experience, Lee is helping our clients create a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Carol is an artist and shares her passion with clients in Scotland. All our services integrate wellbeing, as we understand the importance of living well and working well in creating a brighter future. Our volunteers run activities for our clients that encourage them to try something new, come together with others and stay active. Carol says, “By learning to play with materials, and just enjoy the freedom of creating art, we are able to truly touch a part of ourselves that is longing to come out. With every little bit of art we create we take a step somewhere much bigger, but it takes time and patience to get the results we want.”
David volunteers in our Bicester shop and is one of over 600 volunteers who help us raise funds to support our work across our retail network. David says, ‘I didn’t think it was for me, but I’ve been volunteering with Shaw Trust for a while now. It’s helped me get out and about, meet new people and it’s improved my health too!’
Social enterprise & Shaw Education Trust
Pat volunteers in one of our horticultural social enterprises, which is at one of our schools. ‘I wanted to volunteer to make a positive impact in the community. I come to the project twice a week, and help out with anything that needs doing: helping with planting and potting-on, helping with the children who come here from the school for lessons, or maintaining the site.’ Pat helps the enterprise run smoothly and also enjoys working with the pupils who attend the school, which prides itself on helping young people with a range of special educational needs and disabilities to achieve their full potential. Carl Gerrard, Project Manager at the enterprise said “Pat’s great with the kids and has loads of energy. We just need more volunteers like her!”
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