`I volunteered for the back to work mentoring scheme based at the King’s Cross offices. My role is to mentor someone on the Work Positive Programme, meeting up with them every two weeks offering advice and help on how to get back into the workplace.'
Our sessions vary, ranging from discussing potential job opportunities, confidence building and reassurance to the mentee every step of the way. My role is also to help my mentee search and apply for jobs, prepare CV’s and job application forms.
I have been a volunteer since May 2014 with my mentoring starting in September 2014. Initially I attended several training sessions to qualify as a volunteer. The stand out was the weekend training course. Two days covering all aspects of what it means to be a member for the THT. I had a fantastic time, learnt a lot and met some great people and above all it was fun. I came away from that weekend realising volunteering for the THT was definitely for me.
I had been thinking about volunteering for a while. I work for a large corporation and whilst I enjoy my job I always felt I wanted to give something back on a personal level. The THT is a charity that I have always admired for their commitment and passion and I really wanted to help in some way and give something back
Since becoming a volunteer I haven’t looked back. From the training sessions to my role as a mentor I have embraced it and really look forward to my mentoring sessions. The best part, well there are several. On a personal level I really feel a sense of achievement from volunteering. I am using my skills and experience to help mentor someone back to work. This is alone is very rewarding and it makes me sit back and look at what’s important to life.
I also believe strongly in the charity and just knowing I am helping in a small way is more than I can ask for. Also, the people. The THT has such a strong team that you immediately feel welcome and part of the gang. I have been paired up with a mentee who I have a lot of respect and admiration for. I look forward to my sessions with my mentee and feel we have formed a strong friendship; it’s a real pleasure when we meet up.
As for the future I like to think this is just the beginning of my volunteering journey.
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