Michelle first heard about volunteering when she went to see her local housing officer about an issue with her tenancy.
“Volunteering hadn’t even crossed my mind until I went to see my housing officer about my tenancy. While I was there we got chatting and I told her I’d been looking for work. She put my name forward for a project funded by Circle Housing South Anglia to help tenants in the area get back on their feet.
After a couple of meetings they managed to fix me up with some volunteering and a few months later I signed a 12-week contract for paid work. Although that’s coming to an end, Circle Housing South Anglia were good enough to set aside some academic funding and I’m currently completing a six month course in counselling which will give me a real qualification.
Looking to the future, I feel very positive inside. I’ve gone from volunteering to contracted paid employment and my life is in a totally different place to where it was six months ago. I was stuck in a rut and unable to find work. Now I’m more confident, outgoing and happier in myself. I really can’t put into words how grateful I am for this opportunity.
I like the person I am today and that’s all down to Circle Housing South Anglia.”