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June's story

“I would have done anything I could to get a job but in some ways I think I’m lucky to have gone down the path of volunteering. The volunteering I’ve done has led to a temporary job with Groundwork and the training I’ve received from them I can take anywhere.”

June Harrison volunteered with Groundwork for 6 months before being taken on in a temporary role as a Lifelong Learning Administrator. Due to being a carer for her daughter, who is Type 1 diabetic, June had been on income support for some time. When June’s daughter turned 16 she was deemed able to take care of herself and June had to claim Jobseeker’s allowance.

“Being out of work for so long meant I had no recent experience and my C.V desperately needed updating. Volunteering with Groundwork has helped me to accomplish that.”

June began working 2 days a week as an administration volunteer doing a range of office tasks such as; arranging timesheets for learners, filing and general paperwork, dealing with petty cash and bus passes and the tracking of Groundwork’s past learners. She progressed to 3 days when she showed interest in fundraising for the project ‘Bulb Bonanza’, helping the communities team find sponsorship and get quotes for bulbs and printing.

“I have learnt a lot of transferable skills here, but volunteering with Groundwork has also given me the confidence to take on new things for when the time comes to start a new job. From day one everyone has been so welcoming and it’s been a fantastic experience. The opportunity to stay here in a temporary job is a huge bonus and has really improved my future job prospects.”

June left to work on a temporary contract at Mount St Josephs with the Nuns of Little Sisters of the poor, a care home for the elderly, and has now got a permanent job in admin with Daily Motion, an advertising company. Congratulations June!

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