Lily first got involved in Communities First via social media. She was interested to find out what was going on over the summer and what events she and her son could attend. This resulted in her coming along to a children’s event and volunteering for the day.
Lily suffers with her mental health and was very low in confidence but enjoyed the day so much she was keen to get more involved and wanted to find out what other things she could get involved with. She had been unemployed while caring for her son and wanted to do something that would give her some skills.
Lily started to help in our office and has slowly grown in confidence. Although she started off being heavily supported by CF staff she is now confident to run reception by herself and is now volunteering twice a week. As her skills and confidence have grown she is shadowing an advisor and has started to help people with their job searches and CVs and has a better idea of what she would like to do when entering employment.
She is now feeling in a better place to begin searching for work and has been paired with a Communities For Work mentor who is helping her with interview skills and has helped her to apply for jobs.
Earning Time Credits
Through volunteering Lily has also been earning Spice Time Credits. This has meant that she has been able to spend more quality time with her son, particularly though local activities and events.
She recently attended a local STAR trip with her son and they had a fantastic day of bonding with each other.
Lily has also been able to take her son and his friends to local activities and paying with her time credits, including to Infinity Trampolining and swimming at the STAR hyb.
Local Hero Award nomination
Lily is a fantastic asset to STAR and the community. This was recognised when she was nominated for a Local Hero Award which she was incredibly proud of.