"It has made me feel like I can make a difference"
About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult Mental Health Services - Community (City) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Adult Mental Health Services - Community (City) Nottingham NG3 6AA
Posted by kitkat1 (as ),
Before I was involved with the service, it was boring. I didn't have much to do. The Social Inclusion and Wellbeing Service was mentioned in hospital, but I was not ready at the time. I referred myself, from the information leaflets at the Recovery College. I phoned up, but the problem was that I didn't know what I wanted to do. This first time, it wasn't very good. I tried various clubs, but the ones I tried weren't any good. I saw various different workers before I made my mind up. That gave me the information to make a decision. Initially it was slow to get into volunteering and the first one I tried needed lots of references that I didn't have.
I am not very good at getting to new places, and I have had support through Sangita to do that. The service has made a lot of difference to my life. The volunteering at Emmanuel House is very good. I go on Saturday and Sunday and two days in the week. I work in the kitchens, food preparation, serving coffees, collecting pots and talking to the clients. I sometimes work on the desk, doing the vouchers, in the shop, upstairs sorting out the clothes and occasionally they let me do a little office work.
Volunteering there has given me a goal. to work in that sort of environment. I have volunteered to work in the Winter Night Shelter, as I am enjoying the experience at Emmanuel House. The service has also got me involved with social groups, and I have made a lot of friends. It has helped me with confidence, as I was very lacking in self-confidence. I don't feel useless. It has made me feel like I can make a difference.