Developing Skills – Ben at Patchway Filton and the Stokes

Ben came to a volunteer centre drop in at Bradley Stoke to find out about local volunteering roles.

As a young student at college with dyslexia and studying IT, finding it difficult to find a job and he felt volunteering could boost his C.V.

He wanted a role that would be based around his IT skills. The Volunteer Centre had a role available including data entry.

The role was initially based on entering data on to the new volunteer centre website, he had training on different database and software. Because he has been an asset to the team and has specialist existing skills his role has developed to use other databases and take on more tasks.

Ben has embraced his volunteer role, committing to attending weekly, he has learnt about the charity, structure of being in an adult working environment. He has developed new skills, increased his confidence and is now able to perform tasks independently using his own initiative.

“It is fun to come in every day as it gets me doing things like helping people out. Barbara is very nice to me and she lets me have my headphones for music when I work. Also, it is a nice break from home.”

He has made friends with other volunteers. He has taken up other volunteering opportunities for example helping with a family Christmas party. This role has contributed positively towards his collage course.

Want to Volunteer in Patchway Filton and the Stokes? Find your local Volunteer Centre here.