Steph's Volunteering Journey
"I started my volunteer journey when I started having meetings with Michelle, she was the first person to understand me completely, she helped me gain the confidence I needed to go out into my community and meet people, after a while I was able to go to the hub that Michelle was running.
After a few more sessions with Michelle I was able to let go of the dark emotions that had been holding me back, and my confidence grew, Michelle asked me if I'd like to go to Bristol to do a Community Organising course, I had a lot of fun doing this and meeting new people. After Bristol, Michelle asked if I would help with running the hub meetings along with another person, I have now been helping for around a year, and while lockdown has been difficult for us all, we have kept up with the meetings, we were having meetings by video call every Friday night, and Wednesday afternoons, when the first lockdown ended we started meeting in a park, socially distanced, it was nice to be able to see each other in person, and then to go back to the church.
We are once again meeting in the park every Tuesday, after having video calls over the winter. I am now becoming an official volunteer with KeyRing, and sometimes can't believe how much my life has changed in just 2 years."