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Volunteer Week – Sara’s Story

Volunteer Week – Sara’s Story

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Volunteer Week 2018 is on-going and we’re celebrating 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 Sara’s story to share with you. Sara started at Sheffield Futures supporting our Careers team at the Job Shop drop in. This is her story…

 

Having had 6 years away from working as a fully trained careers adviser, I felt I wanted to explore returning to a similar role. Volunteering seemed a good opportunity, not only to help others but also to gain an insight into how the job landscape had changed.

I made contact with the Volunteer Officer at Sheffield Futures and, soon after, I was presented with an opportunity as a volunteer Adult Careers Adviser for the Job Shop. I started volunteering for Sheffield Futures one day a week, offering support, advice and guidance to adults seeking employment. Meeting clients, exploring their career ideas and offering support with job searches were the main tasks undertaken in this role.

I really enjoyed my time volunteering with Sheffield Futures and felt that the clients I worked with appreciated the time I spent with them, whilst supporting them back into employment. I gained a great deal of valuable experience which helped me build my confidence, having spent such a long time out of the business.

Whilst volunteering, the opportunity to work as a Careers Adviser for the Schools Team became available.

I went for an interview and was offered a job!

I started work as a schools Careers Adviser two days a week. I also hope to continue to offer the volunteering team more support as and when I can. I’m very thankful for the opportunities I’ve been offered so far!

 

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

Check back tomorrow to read another amazing and inspiring story!

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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.