“My volunteering experience stood me in good stead for employment” – Richard Mister (55)

Volunteering can be a perfect springboard to employment, offering relevant and current experience, a boost in confidence and the chance to try something new.

That springboard is just what volunteering provided for Richard Mister (55), of Fulney Lane North, Spalding, who had been a jobseeker for the most part of three years.

Richard was helped into voluntary driving roles with Age UK and the Lighthouse Project by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) and has just secured a paid job as a delivery driver.

He said: “Having this voluntary work on my CV stood me in good stead. It showed I had experience – whether it was paid or not wasn’t relevant. Experience counts for more than anything.

“The last three or four months working with Age UK and the Lighthouse Project has put me in the right frame of mind to find work and shown me what I really want to do. It has given me direction.

“I’m only sad that now I don’t have time to continue driving for the charities.

“I began volunteering because I needed to get my motivation back and stay connected to the outside world.

“I wish I could spend the rest of my life doing voluntary work. It gives you so much satisfaction and you’re so appreciated.  It’s something to cherish. Anybody I speak to I recommend getting into volunteering – it’s such a pick me up and you’re doing something really worthwhile. It’s one of the best moves I’ve ever made.”

LCVS offers support to anyone wishing to find a voluntary role whether they wish to find paid work in the future or not.

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