Case Study: W.

W. came into to a Volunteering on Prescription drop in to find out about volunteering, W’s father had recently passed away she wasn’t in the best of places and she was looking for something to give her life meaning, W could not work due to health reasons but wanted to give something back, and help others. She had a vast range of experience of mental health, drug & alcohol which she had gained from her family experiences, that she thought other families would benefit from.

W. expressed an interest in befriending, mentoring or supporting children and we referred her to Mill Hill Community Centre as a children’s teatime club was about to be cancelled due to lack of volunteers. W also suggested that maybe W & her husband could also take over the running of the Monday afternoon men’s group.

W & her husband are now in the process of creating a new charity “East Lancashire Umbrella Society.” What they are hoping to do is to grow the Monday afternoon group, extend the service to become a drop in session where individuals can pop along at any time. They have opened it up to men & women,  and Community CVS is supporting them with their Awards for All application for funding to buy equipment, pay for activities etc.

W said:

The whole experience has been a very positive one, when I became involved with CVS I wasn’t in the best place having just lost my dad, I have now found a new purpose in life” without your help & support  I wouldn’t be doing something love.

I’m so happy, I love what I’m doing, Donna has been extremely helpful, We have had brill advice from CVS –  it is a brilliant that it is helping us to go where we want to go – thank you CVS.