Saturday, 21 November 2015

5 Years Volunteering At East Anglia's Children's Hospice Charity Shop

On this day (I officially started on a Monday) 21st November 2010 5 years ago I started volunteering at East Anglia's Children's Hospice in Halstead which I got after Mencap another charity suggested it and I honestly didn't think I'd be here 5 years later but I am I just didn't think I'd have stayed there all this time I just thought maybe a couple of months or so but it didn't work out like that!. Volunteering has really helped me with talking to people,gaining confidence and becoming a lot less shy,I have Fragile X which is partly why I'm like that because when I first started I felt like I didn't really fit in as I was new and so quiet and shy and I wanted to quit but I somehow stuck at it.

I first started doing the afternoon shift at 1pm-5pm on Mondays and Fridays I used to come in with my lunch and eat it before even doing any work haha oh dear! but then in 2013 I started doing all day 9:30am-4:30pm to help out in the 6 weeks holidays and I have been doing ever since I use the till,sort donations,help the customers,price things and put things out. Ever since I began volunteering I have become more cheeky,witty and we all have banter and make jokes and I am glad it's like that because if I went elsewhere and I couldn't be like that then it wouldn't be fun at all. I have come out my shell so much and I am proud of myself for sticking at it and for not quitting because being there has changed me and I am so glad I started.

I've made many great friends Dawn,Bradley who's boss,Joanne,Julia and pat they're the people I mostly work with and it was where I met my now ex boyfriend Richard in 2013 but we got together in March 2014 I don't see him anymore even though we live in the same town and he doesn't volunteer anymore he stopped when he got a job at Lidl. I really feel I've overcome and achieved a lot in the past 5 years and it is thanks to taking up volunteering it really has made a difference to me because if I hadn't of started or quit I still think I'd be the same shy,quiet,withdrawn girl but somehow I've overcome them and I am more confident and can talk to people which is a huge deal for me and who knows I might get a full time job soon that's my next goal :).

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

I've Got A Job!!!

It's so exciting writing this post because I didn't think I would be so soon! but I've got a Christmas job (2.11.15) I start my induction next week and then my first day is Thursday! I am so happy! :D the job is at Marks and Spencer in Chelmsford and while it is 2 bus rides away I am just glad to have been given a chance because it had been too long and I am just really chuffed and can't wait to start,meet new people and learn new skills. I am so thankful for all the help from Shaw Trust they have believed in me,helped me,are always there and just very supported and I really couldn't have done it without them. It has taken about 2/3 years and I am excited to get stuck in,keen to gain more experience and just have fun!. If you really want something in life then put 100% into it and never ever give up until you get there because if it's really what you want then it's worth having and just believe in yourself and keep smiling like this ---> :D

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