Jason’s Story (The Bridge)
Jason was referred to Better Futures through his progress coach at The Bridge Community Education Centre. Through talking with his progress coach Jason had already identified that he would like to volunteer as a volunteer receptionist and administrator at The Bridge, but there were certain aspects of the role that Jason felt he would like some support around – that’s where Better Futures came in.
Jason’s role at The Bridge involved a variety of tasks, which allowed him to build on his already high levels of IT skills as well as learn new skills. It also meant he could practise things he found difficult in the past, such as greeting visitors and dealing with face to face enquiries.
When Danielle (Volunteering Coordinator) asked him how he felt about his time with Better Futures, Jason said that:
“Better Futures were in the background if I needed support, or had any questions about a task. They gave me as little or as much support as I required.”
This helped Jason to gain confidence both in himself and within his role. Jason said that the Better Futures service is great because it helps you to get on the volunteering ladder while feeling secure that you have the support you need to make that happen. He told Danielle that volunteering is important to him because:
“It gets me out the house and gives me skills that I can use in the future.”
Danielle worked with Jason for thirteen weeks one-to-one while he was in his placement. Even though their time together has come to an end, Jason has continued to volunteer in his role independently.
“It’s been a real pleasure working with Jason, he has worked really hard at every task he’s been given and was always open to giving new tasks a go.”
- Danielle Alkiner-Aplin, Volunteering Coordinator
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