male volunteer talking on phonePositive Experiences Of Male Volunteers

Volunteering can give a real boost to your life, improving your happiness levels. As a result you feel an increase in your self-confidence, and it provides you with a sense of purpose.

This what the Trust’s Male Volunteers had to say about their experiences -

You gain confidence

"Volunteering can help you gain confidence, giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.

Volunteering can also help you feel a part of something outside your friends and family.

I feel a part of the thalidomide community and feel positive helping those who are feeling lonely."

Satisfaction from helping people

"As a volunteer for the Trust, I like to help beneficiaries whenever possible.  It might be just getting practical information on hearing aids or electric cars or anything that makes life a little easier, or it could be just having a conversation and being listened to.  There are times when it's good to share (in confidence) men's experiences and problems, from which possible solutions can be explored."

Share your expertise

"I’ve volunteered for the Trust for around a year.  My areas of expertise are the disability living allowance to personal independence payment, first time personal independence payments applications and a range of benefit payment issues.  Also, I am a citizen’s advice bureau Trained volunteer (retired).

I get a tremendous buzz out of helping members of my community, it is a great lift in helping folks get their proper benefits. I get far more from volunteering than those I help.

The benefits of volunteering far outweigh the work. It’s good to be of a positive help and put the knowledge I have to good use.

I would recommend to anyone to volunteer - its fun, with a serious side."

Enjoy helping fellow beneficiaries

"My specialism is benefit claims but I have also helped beneficiaries with some medical issues. I enjoy helping fellow beneficiaries, by making just one difference this can change lives forever."

 

If you would like to become one of our vetted volunteers please get in touch with Annabelle, our  Volunteer Coordinator on Annabelle.blackham@thalidomidetrust.org or 01480 474074.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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