Will Stocks, from Sheffield, began volunteering at the Shiregreen Badminton Club after a need for a badminton club had been highlighted by local residents.
Will explained: “I was unemployed at the time and wanted to further my abilities. An opportunity to get out of the house and meet people whilst also developing new skills was a huge motivation to start volunteering with the club.”
Since opening, the club has gone from strength to strength and Will is now the chairperson. He is also involved in coaching and training a minimum of two nights per week.
The club is also supported by Sanctuary Housing, receiving funding from their Grand Ideas and Community Investment funding.
When asked about Sanctuary’s support, Will said: “Their support has been invaluable in the promotion and growth of the club. It has helped to gain members from the local community and the funding has also helped run free badminton sessions in the area.”
As Will became an active member of the community, he had regular contact with the Sanctuary neighbourhoods team.
When a vacancy became available for a temporary position at their Shiregreen office, Will was successful in securing the position.
He was also successful in applying for a permanent role as Front of House Customer Service Advisor.
“Volunteering introduced me to new people in the community and allowed me to demonstrate my customer service, administration and leadership skills. This is vital experience that I have been able to transfer into my current role.”
Will would recommend volunteering to anyone who is considering enhancing their skills.
“Volunteering has changed my life for the better; I’ve met new people and developed new skills which eventually led to employment in a field that has many parallels to my role as a volunteer. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without it!”