How Volunteering Helped Me: Jack Douglas

How Volunteering Helped Me: Jack Douglas

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In the third part of this series, we spoke to former media and communications volunteer Jack Douglas on his experiences volunteering and how it helped him land a full-time role at Horton Housing. “I graduated from university in the middle of the pandemic,” he explained. “I was struggling to find work and felt like I wanted to expand my skills and experience.” Starting in August, Jack began volunteering with the media and communications team, helping to create website and social media content, as well as producing monthly volunteer newsletters and designing infographics. “After a brief break, it was nice to get back into the flow of having a daily routine. It was good doing what I enjoyed doing; producing Facebook and Twitter posts, writing articles and being creative editing video…
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How Volunteering Helped Me: Sam Worsley

How Volunteering Helped Me: Sam Worsley

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In the second part of this series, we caught up with former Bradford Homeless Outreach Project volunteer Sam Worsley who has recently taken a job as part of our Intensive Housing Management service. “I’d been in the banking sector for 13 years and I left employment due to having a young family,” she explained. “I was at home with my family and decided that I needed to get back into work.” After discussing routes back into employment with her partner, Sam decided that following her passion for helping others and trying to make a difference in the community was what she wanted to do and began volunteering at the Homeless Outreach Project in 2019. “It involved a bit of paperwork and got me back into using computers again,” she adds.…
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How Volunteering Helped Me: Ryan Roebuck

How Volunteering Helped Me: Ryan Roebuck

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One of our Befrienders at Horton Housing has used his experiences of addiction to help support a client through his journey and has now found a full-time job working for the NHS’ Liaison and Diversion service. Volunteering in the Tenancy Sustainment Service, Ryan started midway through 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic ensured that the first few months of his time with us were spent undergoing training, before he was assigned a client as part of our Befriender scheme in December. Simply being there so his client can open up to him is a key part of the role according to Ryan, as he explains: “he’s got a few mental health issues and other problems, so I guess it’s just someone to listen to his problems without telling him what to do.…
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