Volunteer update

After leaving the one that did not make use of me, I was hoping to volunteer elsewhere, that would not be too far to travel to. This would have been with Mind and I posted the application for volunteering with them, near the end of last week.

I heard from them today, thanking me for applying to be a volunteer. But unfortunately, they have any volunteer vacancies at present that will fit with my availability.

I can’t say I don’t feel disappointed to hear this and upset about this, as I was looking forward to the possibility of helping there. I am not going to apply anywhere else I had in mind, that came second to this one. Instead, I am just going to take this as a blessing in disguise. I am going to concentrate on finishing my final piece of my mental health course, which a lot of work is going into this final piece and I have the other two to courses to over the next year. So more time to focus on them.

Also, I plan to sort out dates for driving lessons, so more flexibility to concentrate on this and free time to arrange more than one lesson a week when it comes to learning to drive. So this is why I think it is a blessing in disguise.

 

Volunteering is good for self-esteem

If you have low self-esteem, then getting out of your comfort zone and volunteering will help improve your self-esteem.
Those that have known me from a previous blog I used to write, will know that Ashfield Play Forum was the first place I volunteered at. At was at my lowest moment prior to starting there; not feeling good because of work, confidence really low and I was depressed. I also started shutting off people close to me by not speaking, if I could.

I started volunteering at Ashfield Play Forum in January 2014 and I am still there, enjoying a wide variety of tasks. I like helping where I can and it improved my confidence and made me speak, which in turn made me feel I could speak up again to family, or close friends. I also felt useful.

July 2015 I started a new volunteering opportunity with Nottinghamshire Hospice, volunteering in a shop. This volunteering role took me out of my comfort zone and I enjoyed it there. Although I started off in the shop itself, I ended up working upstairs, as this was where I felt I was doing something and I felt useful; steaming the clothes and occasionally sorting. Although I loved it, I decided to leave after not quite a year being there, to pursue something different. This was then when I decided to volunteer at Rosewood.
Rosewood was the best move I made, as you will know when I talked about it here in this post. Although it is still early days and I have not yet started my volunteering role in feedback and patient experience, I still feel positive about my chosen volunteering route and I look forward to gaining different experiences.

So I definitely recommend volunteering to anyone. Just find what you’d like to do when it comes to volunteering, as there are different places you can volunteer at and give it a go. As well as improving your self-esteem and confidence, it can also be good for your CV, as well as for the company/charity you volunteer for.

 

This post is also now tagged to The Daily Post; Daily Prompt: Volunteer.

 

It’s an achievement for me

Today was when I travelled to a new area I had not been to before and as you know from a previous post, I can get anxiety when travelling somewhere new. (The link to that post at the end of this one, if you have not already read it.)
Armed with my eTrex 20 and a paper map as a back up, I caught the bus needed to get to Rosewood Centre at Church Circle, New Ollerton. For most of my journey my anxiety was not as bad as I thought it would be, but getting nearer to the end of my journey it did increase. Luckily, I soon realised I was coming to my destination and that anxiety, although still there, I was beaming, feeling proud with myself that I got there. 🙂

Now for anyone who travels, you may wonder why it is a big deal for me and why worry. But this is my anxiety. This is what happens to me because my confidence did not grow as a child, as something, or someone would knock it away. So over my adult years my confidence has grown, but slowly, because it can be a battle. That battle has got easier over the last 2 years and after today, I feel great and things I have observed on my travels today, I want to go back to and take a look.

My first impressions

My first impressions of New Ollerton was that I absolutely loved the look of the place and when I arrived at Church Circle, my first observation was how quiet it seemed, to say it’s a big village.

Rosewood Involvement Centre

Rosewood Involvement Centre is behind the health centre and the bus stop is just outside the health centre. (Although I got off a stop before, as it still was a very short walk to it.)

The place was very welcoming and I got to know the person who is the Manager there, more about Rosewood Involvement Centre, having a chat about myself, so the manager knew more about me and then I was shown around the place. The place is small, but for a newbie like myself, it still seemed a bit of a maze to me, so I was losing my bearings a little. (I know this will get better.) I then met some of the volunteers there and stayed there through till the afternoon, chatting with them, then joining in at their meeting they were having in the afternoon.

I have a volunteer application form to fill in and bring back with me when I start attending next Friday as a volunteer. I will be starting off at the centre for so long, so I receive appropriate training, learning more about the place and basically settling in, before going out of the centre to do a role that interests me.

From discussion with the manager, there are plenty of opportunities that will be good on my CV and I from what I learnt today, I know I will get even more experience then I expected, which could be put to good use.

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