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‘I have volunteered for over 8 years now, a long time! I started after I was made redundant. I was looking for a job at the time, I thought I needed something to keep me going, you know, to keep some connection with something a bit like work, while I was looking.

I had worked at a bank before, I was an administrator with them for 25 years. So, it was a bit unexpected being made redundant, it was an iffy sort of time in my life.

It was the lack of a routine, to go to work, and being busy, in a busy environment, to change to then have nothing, it was very odd. Also, not being in a group of people, it was odd. It was strange. I kept in touch with some of them, for a little while, but gradually you lose touch.

It was nice that everybody was very friendly at Health in Mind and it was so nice that they don’t really make a distinction between the volunteers and the people that are employed here, so you feel quite included, in the community. Everybody is so friendly and welcoming. It’s good to get back the feeling of being one of a team.

I feel quite settled now, obviously I’ve gotten used to it over the time. Quite comfortable now. I feel much happier, as well as working on the information websites, I sometimes help with the fundraising, sometimes it’s going to the supermarkets for collections, and at Christmas time, we do carol singing.

Sometimes I hear about people who have used Health in Mind, and the services, and they’ve found it really helpful. It makes you feel good to hear that, about here.

There’s so many resources available for people who are struggling with their mental wellbeing. There’s lots of sympathetic people, at Health in Mind, who are here to help. It’s not something that you have to keep to yourself. It’s never something to be ashamed of, it’s so prevalent with stresses in modern life. Lots of people want to help, and they enjoy meeting you. There are a lot of befrienders here. That’s a good service for people.

I’d recommend it, they’ve got volunteers in all kinds of areas, and they’re very welcoming of volunteers to get involved. It’s easy to get in touch, and come along, and see what kind of volunteering might help you. I think, quite a lot of people start with a fundraising challenge, like one of the runs, or abseiling, that sort of thing.

There’s lots of different people.’

If you would like to join Susan and be part of our community, you can support our work by volunteering or by taking part in a fundraising challenge.  Please visit our Health in Mind Heroes page here. 

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