- A volunteer story
When I was initially asked to write a ‘short piece’ about my experiences relating to client support, I confess that I wondered if I was really the right person to ask. I mean, when it comes to client support, I liken myself to a ‘jack of all trades but master of none’. Then I checked in with a few of my Freedom colleagues and found that this is quite a common theme and perhaps simply reflects the ever widening nature of the support that we find ourselves involved in.
Maybe the reader would find it interesting to read about a ‘typical morning’ within the Freedom client support team and I promise, I gave this my very best shot, but soon realised that ‘typical’ wasn’t easy. So how do I convey that the cases, like the people we aim to help, are all unique and that we never quite know what we’re going to be involved in from one day to the next?
Perhaps I could instead provide an overview of some of the current issues that the team has had the privilege of supporting. These involve varied benefit advice, housing support, child care support, debt advice and support, drug and alcohol issues, bereavement support, helping clients to overcome a low self-concept, anxiety management, the development and achievement of client personal goals and the provision of practical support such as furniture, clothes, bedding, and food parcels.
Why do I volunteer? I could say it’s about the obvious benefits of knowing we’re helping, that we’re making a difference to people’s lives and the rewards involved in helping clients to solve or manage their problems and that would all be true. For me, though, it’s about the cups of tea and the home baking shared alongside the sniffles, the biting of the lip and even the shedding of the occasional tear with a client. It’s about the smiles, the giggles, and the laughter shared with clients and again for me, those feelings equal any other activity I could mention and yes, even surpass the occasional gin and tonic I like to partake of (and it’s a lot healthier too)!
- Become a monthly supporter
Freedom relies heavily on its generous monthly supporters. These supporters enable Freedom to continue to support people in real need. All gifts, no matter how big or small, make a real impact on the lives of struggling people. By donating as little as £5 a month you will be helping to provide:-
- Housing support for Homeless People
- A debt support worker
- Benefits workers to help people get the right benefits they need
- People to stand by clients in tribunals or in court
- Professional advisors to journey with clients on a long term basis
- Training for volunteers
- Places for people to meet, breaking social isolation
- Administration to help all our centres remain open
- The facilities to help us to make sure no one in poverty goes without support
Please download our standing order form HERE and hand it in at your bank. You can also send the Gift Aid declaration back to us if you are a UK tax payer.
Or donate online
- Pray for us
Freedom believes in the power of prayer. We believe that prayer can change lives and situations. If you would like to pray for us please sign up to our newsletter and we can add you to our prayer list.
- Becoming a volunteer
Freedom is based on volunteering and we currently have over 120 volunteers working in all areas of the organisation. Each volunteer receives training and support within the role they do.
Volunteering can lead to many positive outcomes with your life. It can enable you to get out of the house and meet new people, improve your skills and help you back into employment. The role of a volunteer can also build your self-confidence and improve your mental health. But most importantly you can help others improve their lives and build a better future. Why not consider becoming a volunteer at the Freedom Community Project?