Without a job or daily activities to keep him busy, Ben would sit in his room listening to music all day. Being unemployed and unable to afford to do much, he became increasingly demotivated and depressed.
Going to the job centre and attending appointments at employment support agencies was the only activity that kept him busy. Whilst attending his appointments Ben heard about Talent Match and got in touch with them to see how they could help him. After discussing his interests and employment goals with his local Talent Match support worker, a meeting was set up at CT Furniture Birmingham to see how Ben could contribute and gain additional work based skills at the charities second-hand furniture store.
The meeting was a success and Ben began volunteering as a retail assistant.
Whilst volunteering he helped to organise furniture around the store, completed a manual handling course and gained knowledge of different types and features of furniture. As Ben seemed to pick up tasks quite quickly, he was also asked to help with updating social media.
After 3 months of volunteering, Ben was invited to an interview for a job he had applied for. His interview was successful and he was offered a job as a Production Operative.
“Volunteering has helped me to feel more confident in my own abilities. I’m more active, I don’t get depressed anymore and I have a full time job that I’m really enjoying. Without volunteering I wouldn’t have been introduced to CT Furniture Birmingham and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet a great bunch of people who I now see as friends. I’m also really glad that I took a chance on Talent Match, they helped to guide and support me when I was stuck.”
Volunteer with CT Furniture.