Catherine – back into work
I came along to an open day to recruit new volunteers. I had been a tad miserable not knowing what to do with myself due to disability and not working and being indoors 24/7. I have a new lease of life. I have a new purpose in life and a whole bunch of new friends. The Big Red Bus Club has helped me get me get real qualifications that has got me back into work.
It’s been life changing and I find during the school holidays I am waiting for it to reopen.
Majrola -I had a break from volunteering at the Big Red Bus Club to give birth to Eva, six weeks after my daughter was born I was back to volunteering every week. It’s so easy to plan my volunteering around my family – my daughter is now seven months old and the love and attention of all the volunteers has helped make to make Eva a happier more content baby.
I am happier with a reason to leave the house and with friends to work with.
Aum – My daughter loved coming here so much that I ended up coming three times a week, it seemed obvious to help out and become a volunteer. My daughter started school and I stayed because my family benefited from having somewhere to come and get out of our flat. Over the years I have gained new qualifications, organised events, and helped build our local community.
What I didn’t realise was that my English had improved until a family friend commented – although now with a London accent.
Tara – I had volunteered for years at the Big Red Bus Club running sessions and being the Treasurer when it was time for my sons to go to school I know I couldn’t go back to work up town and 9 -5. The support I received over the years from the Big Red Bus Club meant I was able to start my own business and give back to the Big Red Bus Club at the same time.
I now run a whole community wellbeing programme, working with the friends I have made at the Big Red Bus Club, the support has made me confident and opened my eyes to possibilities of a future which is built around my family.
Big Red Bus Club is run by and led by volunteers, local people giving their time, skills and ideas to ensure that we can stay open.
We are currently looking to expand out Stay and Play volunteer team, we are really proud of our work supporting each other with access to:
- training and qualifications
- team building activities
- working with your children
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