Young volunteer

Following a fortnight’s work experience with Teamwork Trust Jamila Waterton was hooked – and since April 2016 has been regularly volunteering at the Corby centre.

“The Job Centre sent me here to get some work experience and I haven’t left. Lots of the members and staff are now my friends and, even when I get a job, I will still volunteer here as much as I can.

“I come most weeks and do everything from helping members on the shop floor, to helping with the Christmas tags project to supporting staff with activities such as cookery and art. I also run a Zumba class once a week. I was nervous about doing it at first but the members love it and so do I.”

Pub landlord

Phil Heimes, general manager of Harpers Brook pub in Corby, fundraises for Teamwork Trust.

“I first agreed to jump out of a plane for this charity and I’m now committed to supporting Teamwork Trust, where members are friendly, spontaneous and fun. I’ve raised over £5,000 in two years, my customers get involved, I’ve helped paint one of the rooms, I run karaoke sessions and I spread the word about Teamwork Trust so that others follow suit and raise funds.”

Walking enthusiast

Ronnie leads a walking club for Teamwork Trust weekly.

“I’ve never had anyone say they are tired and our walks are always fun, packed with laughter and I would miss them desperately if I had to stop. Volunteering is a big part of my life – it gives you purpose, wellbeing and so much more.”

Asda in the community

Shelley, Community Colleague for Asda, volunteers up to four days a month and helps with everything from the cooking and cleaning to art club, activities and away days.

“At Teamwork Trust everyone has a purpose which means that all members, whatever their needs and abilities, are made to feel useful. Instead of just sitting in a community centre watching TV they are able to be part of something very special.  Volunteering enables me to play an active part in the community.”

Book club

Ann started volunteering at Teamwork Trust shortly after retiring and now runs a weekly book club for members.

 “I had recently retired as an occupational therapist working in mental health. Retirement meant lots of free time but there is only so much housework you can do so I knew I wanted to volunteer. My passion is literacy so when I met the centre manager we decided to give a book club a go. I had not come across special needs in the workplace before so was really nervous, but the members love the club and I feel at ease now. Some members have read aloud for the first time and it is a great feeling to see confidence grow and books cherished.”

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