Mrs Jones* was feeling very lonely since her mother had passed away. Also, health issues meant that she was forced to leave her job, and she was struggling with the long days with nothing to look forward to. To support her, Mrs Jones’s GP referred her to one of our Rhondda Wellbeing Coordinators, who discussed volunteering options with her.
Firstly, the coordinator provided emotional support. Yet when Mrs Jones was ready, she said that she was looking for groups or activities to join while hoping to make new friends. As she enjoys gardening, she wanted to attend ‘Grow Rhondda’, a small group that maintains Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda’s gardens. Our Wellbeing Coordinator made the referral to the group, and provided other information about activities available.
Volunteering made a big difference
Mrs Jones couldn’t thank our coordinator enough. She made some great friends in the group, who she started meeting with for coffee, and she showed our coordinator how lovely the gardens were looking. Mrs Jones was also in the process of becoming a volunteer with Mens Sheds. She felt that it was making her feel useful again, and by doing it, Mrs Jones hoped to regain her confidence. Overall, she was feeling so much better, and was enjoying life again with her new friends.
Mrs Jones became an asset in the pandemic
She continued volunteering through the pandemic. It was something that she could do from home by sending out free home grow packs to the community and assisting with administration. Mrs Jones told our coordinator that with her confidence boosted, she hoped to work from a new office space when normality returns. Thanks to volunteering, she enjoys having a purpose with a reason to get up in the morning, as well as new friendships. Due to learning skills, she hopes to land part-time work in the future with her morale restored.
See what volunteering can do for you
As with Mrs Jones, volunteering could improve your employment prospects or mental health. You’d also be making Rhondda Cynon Taf a better place. You can find a role either through your local Wellbeing Coordinator who can also assist with any practical, emotional, or social issues you’re facing, or via our Volunteering Coordinator:
*Name changed to protect anonymity.