Richmond Fellowship, an organisation who support people with mental health issues regain and retain work told us,
‘we have had very positive feedback from the course and one of the gentlemen who attended your training has now got himself motivated and is in a voluntary placement at the hospital.’
Adam who has mild learning difficulties and poor literacy and numeracy and skills originally heard about our services via a support worker.
After an initial consultation with supported volunteer coordinator, it was clear that Adam had never really engaged in any satisfying working opportunities and was lacking in both confidence and his capability.
Our coordinator worked with Adam to look at things he enjoyed in his life, and what came about during the first meeting was that Adam loved all sports. This became the basis of the journey to look for voluntary work.
Reluctantly, Adam attended an Introduction to Volunteering course and surprised himself with how much he enjoyed and found it useful.
After having a search for opportunities our coordinator introduced Adam to the Disability Sports Team within the city council.
Since then Adam has really engaged in volunteering. He is now regularly helping out at a football club and been involved in the disability sports festival, Party in the Park events, the Tour de France, Summer in the City and even spoke at the Adult Learners week Event.
He won our ‘Outstanding Volunteer of the year’ trophy for 2014 and keeps coming back for more!
Here’s what the sports team said about Adam:
‘’ Adam demonstrated effective communication, enthusiasm, leadership and team work skills’. He ensures the footie runs smoothly and effectively. He is a big help and fits in well with the team!’’