Emma found purpose in volunteering when she was younger and after volunteering at our Head Office to gain some new experience, and then became Manager of our Rhiwbina Shop in Cardiff.
“I first started volunteering as a substitute for work. Due to a chronic illness I developed when I was twelve, I was unable to hold down the regular hours that a job would require. But working as a volunteer gave me a regular aim, purpose and chance to get out and meet people. Even if I could only do just two hours here and there, I felt I was still contributing something.
The other volunteers and the managers at the Rhiwbina Tenovus Cancer Care shop where I volunteered were an extremely friendly group of people. I quickly came to know how caring and supportive they could be as I slowly built up the hours that I could work as my health improved. Working as a volunteer also gave me a great amount of retail experience, and when I felt I was able to apply for a part time job, that experience helped me to gain a job as a florist.
Unfortunately, about a year later I was made redundant, but I took that opportunity to revaluate what I wanted to do. I chose to retrain by doing an administration course, and having finished the course, looked to gain experience of putting that training into practice by volunteering.
As I already had experience of volunteering with Tenovus Cancer Care, coming back to volunteer at their Head Office seemed a natural step. I volunteered in the People and Development Department and they made me feel very welcome and were very supportive and inclusive.
It was a big learning curve, because I didn’t have any previous experience of office work, but everyone was very friendly and they taught me a lot in the two months that I was there. It also gave me a greater insight into how the charity operates as a whole.
The position of Assistant Manager at the Rhiwbina Tenovus Cancer Care shop where I had previously volunteered was advertised during this time so I decided to apply. I got the job and after three months, I was promoted to Shop Manager. Everyone I’ve worked with is very helpful and has been very supportive from the moment I started.
I would encourage everyone to give volunteering a go. It’s a great way to get involved in your local community, to meet new people, and to gain various kinds of work experience”.
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