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From Care Support volunteer to Support Worker - Tim's journey

At the heart of St. Charles' Mental Health Centre's success stories for our Volunteer to Career programme (VtC) is Tim's inspiring journey. The VtC programme is a pathway that empowers talented and ambitious individuals to enter careers within the NHS through volunteer work. This initiative not only benefits volunteers but also contributes significantly to the NHS trusts. Volunteers play a pivotal role in shaping the future of health and social care, aligning with the NHS's visionary goals.

Read about Tim's experience going from a Care Support volunteer to a Support Worker. 

"I joined because I wanted to inspire others, showing that recovery and a fulfilling life are possible," says Tim. His journey, shaped by personal challenges and triumphs, is not just about volunteering. It's about finding purpose. Guided by the advice of a friend he met as an inpatient, Tim seamlessly transitioned from his volunteer role into a blossoming career, embarking on a mission to not just heal but help others find their path to recovery. He said "The work followed on nicely from volunteering because I was familiar with the wards and the staff and service users too".

Growth Through the VtC Programme:

The VtC programme wasn't just another training module for Tim - it was an avenue of transformation. Delving into the skills he developed, Tim states, "The skills I have developed include working experience of and exposure to people with mental health issues, teamwork, and compassionate leadership skills, among others." Beyond skills, the VtC programme strengthened his foundations in the field, supporting his aspirations in counselling psychology with genuine work experience.

The Real-World Impact:

While academic knowledge offers a foundation, Tim found that real-world patient interactions conveyed insights no book could match. "It's not just about theory," he states, before sharing, "One of the most rewarding moments was witnessing first-hand the change and growth in patients I interacted with." His experience resonates with deep emotional sincerity, showcasing the meaningful connections and bonds he fostered. "Being part of someone's journey towards healing is deeply fulfilling," he affirms.

A Boost in Self-Belief:

The VtC programme offered Tim more than just vocational skills; it breathed new life into his sense of purpose and self-confidence. He said "The programme gave me a platform and a stepping stone to advance in both my personal life and professional journey." This highlights the programme's instrumental role in his career development.

The Personal Transformation:

Beyond the job, the personal changes Tim experienced were profound. "Through volunteering and the VtC, I've become more centred, calmer, and confident," he reveals. This personal growth complemented his professional ascent, making the transition to a full-time role seamless.

Advice from the Heart:

Reflecting on his journey, Tim's advice to anyone considering a similar path is "Be yourself, get involved, learn as much as possible, and develop relationships with the service users and staff." His story, underpinned by passion and dedication, stands as a testament to the power of giving back and the profound experiences that come with it.

Step forward to a brighter future: Your Call to Action

Feel a connection with Tim's journey? Your time to illuminate lives and elevate your career is now! The VtC programme is more than a stepping stone to a rewarding career; it's your gateway to personal and professional growth in the vital healthcare sector. We are here to provide the support and guidance you need, helping pave a smooth path for our volunteers to transition into fulfilling roles within the NHS.

We are on the verge of something BIG, and we want YOU to be a part of it!

  • Become a Volunteer: Dive deep into a role that lets you make real change. Learn, grow, and set yourself on a career path where you truly make a difference in the NHS.
  • Be an Ambassador: Be the spark that lights up others' passion. Share the achievements of this programme, amplify our message, and inspire a new wave of volunteers to embark on their own transformative journey.

Together, we're not just shaping the future of healthcare at CNWL NHS; we're building a community where every talent is empowered and every dream has the potential to flourish.

For more information, reach out to Rania Adams, Volunteer to Career Lead, at cnwl.vtc@nhs.net

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