Volunteers bring immeasurable value to all areas of Inspire’s work to support people with mental health conditions, learning/intellectual disability and autism. Below are some of our inspiring volunteers stories.
My name is Aileen and I am currently an administration volunteer with Inspire. After completing my degree in BA Early Childhood Studies 2012, I had worked with another charity for 3 years. However, as I have a learning disability, the transition into work wasn't easy. I developed anxiety, depression and speech loss as a result and after quitting my job in 2015, I resolved to put my health first.
I spent the next two years travelling the world, attending counselling, speech and language therapy and confidence building classes and volunteering with different organisations to, reinvigorate myself, rebuild my confidence and explore what skills I have that could help me move into a different area of employment. I found my strengths in administration work, and from there I have been keen to volunteer as much as I can to get admin experience, as well give back to those who have helped me in my recovery. In my current role, I help and support the office co-ordinator with different tasks in the Inspire office based in Dungannon. Tasks include database work, designing event posters for clients, photocopying, creating appointment cards etc.
There are great opportunities for me to build on my social and communication skills as well as developing my skillset in admin. As someone with a learning disability, I feel it is important for others to see me as a worthwhile person, someone who with the right support is capable to go far in life - looking at things that I can do, rather what I can't do. Volunteers get the opportunity to be the highest expression of themselves - to shine, show what they can do and feel appreciated.
I always feel welcome every time I come in to volunteer and being respected for who I am, I have learnt a lot about myself and volunteering has given me more reasons to feel proud of the progress I have made so far in my recovery.
My name is David I am retired and 68 years young. I volunteer at Enterprise Court esp. House 12. I have done this role since my retirement when aged 66. I had previously worked as a Support Worker for Inspire for just under 10 years. Relationships I built over those years with staff and clients prompted me to continue to provide support through volunteering.
I built the purchased chicken coop and run for the 4 hens and recently assembled a walk-in chicken run, which enables staff to provide therapeutic support for the clients at Enterprise Court. I also support staff to run a series of Art and Craft workshops in the admin building.
I certainly enjoy what I do, I know the staff are supportive and appreciate what I do and I would recommend retired folk like me with time on their hands, to become involved and provide much needed help in the area of good mental wellbeing.
I understand the complexities today of engaging in volunteering which can put some people off, but I would encourage anyone to consider pushing on through this.
So you want to be the person who makes a difference? Then you might just have come to the right place. Careers with Inspire will challenge and develop you. You will see first hand the difference that you can make in people's lives. Why not find out more here....?