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news > 30/05/2013 - Celebrating Volunteers: Debbie and Sharon

Debbie and Sharon

Debbie (back) and Sharon (front) came to volunteer at Giving World through the City Council's Social Inclusion Team. They did not know each other before starting but over the weeks have developed a close friendship. They both started to volunteer for the same reasons.

Debbie explains: "I wanted to volunteer to build my confidence. I hadn't worked for 16 years, most of that time I spent bringing up my son, but when he was 10 my husband left me. It knocked me for six. I really needed help and I became very anxious, and didn't go out."

Sharon agrees: "That's the same as me. I felt isolated at home and needed to go out and communicate with people. I had been in some bad relationships and I became an alcoholic, started self harming and got depressed and anxious."

Both ladies feel that volunteering for Giving World has had a really positive impact. When asked if volunteering had helped them they replied:

"It's helped a lot. It's given me the motivation to get up in the morning, coming here and being with people with similar problems I don't feel judged, I have learned to talk to people again and to interact with them. I don't feel that I would fit into a normal work place, because people would know I was anxious, but here everyone is the same. I have tried other volunteer work, but it hasn't worked for me, but I feel more comfortable here. And it makes a difference knowing that you are helping other people, it builds my confidence and I feel that I am bettering myself," Debbie

Both Sharon and Debbie feel that the friendship that has formed has become as important to them as the volunteering they are doing. They contact each other a few times a week and meet for breakfast in a cafe before coming to Giving World.

"We text each other to check that we are both still going in the week. I hardly ever miss a session, only when I had to go to the doctors, and when Sharon wasn't there I phoned to check that she was ok," Debbie.

"I have never really had a friend before, not even at school, but now I know that I am not on my own because I have got Debbie," Sharon

Both Sharon and Debbie are now feeling better about the future. After volunteering for some time they have been asked by Giving World to do some research work.  

"I feel like I have achieved an understanding of what Giving World does, and I was really happy that I got asked to start doing the research, I wanted to keep helping Giving World. I know that I will be able to work at my own pace, and I don't feel worried about it because I know that me and Sharon will be working together," Debbie

Sharon has done a lot of qualifications in ICT and is a confident Internet and Excel user, she welcomes the opportunity to put her skills to good use for the benefit of Giving World: "I will be able to help Debbie if she gets stuck, I am looking forward to helping out Giving World and I know that I will be alright doing this because they don't put pressure on you."

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