Volunteer Week – Kimberley’s Story

Volunteer Week – Kimberley’s Story

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There may be only two days left of Volunteer Week 2018 but we’re still celebrating and sharing all the fantastic work that volunteers do for Sheffield Futures. From supporting young people in our youth clubs, to helping adults in the Job Shop, to chatting with the group that attend our Well Being Cafe, to fundraising, our volunteers graciously give their time, effort, energy and more! We couldn’t do it without you, so thank you!

This week, we’re sharing the personal stories from our volunteers, letting you know how they got involved, who they help and who’s benefited!

Today, we have Kimberley’s story to share with you. Kimberley is a trained Occupational Therapist and has been volunteering at our Well-being Cafe for some time now. This is her story…

 

A couple of years ago, as an Occupational Therapist student, I completed some work with a young people’s charity for those who are not in education, employment or training. Seeing the difference that such work can make to young lives, I wanted to continue my involvement where possible, and having moved back to Sheffield in October last year and seeing (via Twitter) that Sheffield Futures were starting a new Well-being Cafe, I got in touch to see if I could volunteer! The process was really seamless and all the programmes and groups were explained so I could decide where I felt my skills would be best suited! 

I now volunteer once fortnightly at the Door 43 Well-being Cafe. In my volunteer role, I hand out cake and warm drinks, take part in activities alongside the young people attending, and have a chat or lend an ear if needed. 

The cafe does a great job of combining a friendly and welcoming atmosphere with engaging activities, centred around mental health and well-being. It provides an opportunity for young people to have a safe space to openly discuss strategies for maintaining mental well-being.

This has been my first volunteering role and I’m thoroughly enjoying my time spent at the cafe and helping out where I can with the group that do such a grand job! (Although I think my arts and craft skills needs some more practice!!)

 

If you want to make a difference and get involved with volunteering, you can find all our opportunities here!

Check back tomorrow, the last day of Volunteer Week 2018, to read another amazing and inspiring story!

How you can help

Our charity is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point. To help us to do more to support young people and communities we need your help. Just remember, every penny you donate will make a difference.