Volunteering has helped me keep in touch with the local community and support people with their mental health
David shares his journey from volunteer to working at the Midlands Warehouse.
When did you start volunteering?
I started volunteering for Mind 1997 at Midlands Warehouse. Then I was transferred to help with opening of the Blaby shop. I remember how busy the warehouse and shop were. How diverse the donors, donations and volunteers were. How enjoyable and friendly everyone was.
How has volunteering helped you in your current role?
Volunteering has helped me keep in touch with the local community and support people with their mental health. I love being Father Christmas at our work Christmas dinner.
What would you say to someone who wanted to start volunteering at Mind?
Working at the warehouse and our team has been rewarding, exhausting, and full of belly laughs. I would tell anyone wanting to start volunteering with Mind simply to just do it and you will see how enjoyable it is.
However, you need to be aware that volunteering is very addictive, you want to give an hour or two and end up being full time and loving every minute of it.
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