Volunteers are a huge part of our charity and we want to make this week the opportunity to thank them all for their hard work and dedication.
Today we spoke to Lee our Admin support volunteer, to ask what volunteering means to him.
Aside from volunteering at Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, Lee regularly attends the park run and feels running with a team improves his mental health.
Lee originally came to our organisation to receive support for his anxiety a few years ago but after a keen interest in mental health and helping others, he decided to join our team as a volunteer.
“I had made a connection with everyone, I appreciated the support and felt I wanted to give something back”.
Lee has been volunteering for just over two years now and helps admin with referrals to services and now has a paid role working with our Ageing Better programme.
“It feels great being part of the team, all the staff are lovely. I feel part of the furniture”.
Lee is still recovering from his anxiety but feels volunteering helps him to get out the house and build his confidence. He’s opened up more to the staff while also learning new skills.
“Volunteering takes my mind off other things, it keeps me occupied and it’s been a key part in my recovery”.
Over the two years Lee has gone onto doing admin training to build his CV whilst making friends. Last year he also won a volunteering award for his efforts.
“Even though I’m still anxious sometimes, I see volunteering as a positive because I feel like improving in my journey. I would 1000% recommend volunteering. It opened new doors and it’s nice to feel appreciated”.
Lee is very passionate about the work he does for our organisation and we thank him for all the hard work and enthusiasm he’s put in over the two years. He’s a great asset to the team.
If this has influenced you to find out more about volunteering, why not apply now?