• Michelle - Giving a little and gaining a lot works for me.

    Giving a little and gaining a lot works for me.

    Michelle Volunteer at Circle Housing South Anglia

Michelle's story

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.”



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