I started volunteering with SIFA Fireside in October 2014 as I was particularly interested in working with vulnerable people. I have been managing a busy service desk twice a week which has really given me an insight to what homeless people face, and their daily struggles, yet they still come in to SIFA’s Drop In with a smile.
Not only have I met some fantastic people, I have also developed skills and confidence I never knew I had. Having worked with service users and support workers for three months I have realised my passion for helping vulnerable members of the community and wish to extend my skills further. I recently went for an interview with Probation to become a volunteer support mentor. I feel that if I had not had the experience at SIFA Fireside I would not have answered the questions as well as I did. Two days later I was told that I had secured a position, which is brilliant because I can further my skills, and learn new ones, which can open up new opportunities for me.
Thank you SIFA Fireside for allowing me the opportunity to be part of the team as it has taught me valuable life skills which I will carry with me.