Jasmine’s Story “Go for what suits you”
“I have been volunteering for a couple of years; I’m local and know the area well. At the moment, I’m doing two volunteer roles.
“At (reuse charity) Furnistore I do inputting and sorting out paperwork and website. I go into the office once a week for two hours. I’m disabled – I’ve got a bad hip – and office work suits me. I try not to move around too much, and I actually like sitting down at a computer and that close attention to detail that this role needs.
“I also volunteer at Include Choir, where I’m a social media comms assistant. I work from home for a couple of hours updating their YouTube and Twitter channels. It’s good, really interesting. I’ve learnt about sign language and singing!
“I also used to volunteer at the Oxfam shop in Redhill as a cashier assistant, where I worked on the till and sorted out stock. I enjoyed meeting customers and serving them.
“Volunteering has been a good way for me to get out and about and meet people. People have been really nice. I was hospitalised for a while after I shattered my hip in 2013 and when I did leave I returned to work very slowly, eventually returning full time. But I was recently made redundant so I’ve moved on to volunteering to get some experience.
“I would say if someone has a disability or impairment and is thinking about volunteering, to go for the role that suits you most. Not everyone is flexible, but there are so many different roles to choose from. Do what’s right for you.”