Stockport Volunteering: A High Five From Paul!

Posted on the 25th June 2019

Want to volunteer in Stockport but unsure what to do? Why not call in on our Volunteering Information Day and see if Emily Smith can help?

Emily is our Volunteer Co-ordinator and can crossmatch your interests with a range of opportunities either with Pure or other charitable organisations in Stockport. Or you can just look through the various leaflets and information on offer by yourself if you prefer.

The informal Volunteering Information Day will be held at The Kitchen, our cafe on Chestergate, this Friday June 28th. No appointment necessary!

Why volunteer?

There are a whole range of benefits to volunteering. Many people just enjoy helping their community. There are new friendships to be made too, to say nothing of valuable experience for your CV. It is also often a lot of fun as Pure volunteer Paul discovered!

Paul’s Volunteering Story

Paul has been a volunteer for Pure for two months now. He has been helping out at our Friday sport sessions at Avondale Recreation Centre. See him above with client Dylan (centre) and Pure Community Support Worker Callum (right.)

Paul  was a regular customer at one of the cafes where we offer work experience and training to people with learning difficulties. He was inspired by the work we do and wanted to get involved. We had a volunteer role available with Pure Sport and it has proved a great fit for him. Paul wanted to make a difference and he has certainly done that. He is very much appreciated by our team as you can see below.

Well I can't rave enough about how brilliant Paul is with everyone. It's a pleasure and great help to have him volunteering. Paul is really fun and gets on great with everyone. He is always really enthusiastic and joins in with everything. He is a real diamond. I can't thank him enough for all his help. Paul is fantastic and I hope he enjoys Sports as much as we enjoy and appreciate having him here.

Sarah White - Pure Community Support Worker
A game of rounders with Pure Sport Stockport

Rounders is just one of the fun activities for clients at our sport sessions.

Paul has been learning a lot about working with people who have learning disabilities. This includes Makaton; a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. Here is what he had to say:

I learn things every time I provide support. This includes how adults with learning disabilities go about their daily lives. I've even learnt a little bit of Makaton in the last few weeks and I ask some of the clients to help me with my learning!

The thing I enjoy most about volunteering is hopefully, making a difference to the clients and their families/carers. I enjoy seeing clients smiling and having fun, learning about their disabilities and also "what floats their boat'.

Paul Moore - Pure Volunteer

Volunteering Information Day

On Friday 28th June we are offering one-to-one information and advice at The Kitchen – Café & Bakery.

You may have interests you consider more suitable for other voluntary organisations. Perhaps you want to work with  animals for example, or would like to be a volunteer driver. Just have a chat with Emily and she will do her best to help.

Do come along and discover how we can help you connect with a Stockport volunteering opportunity that’s just right for you!

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