I started volunteering at Justlife when Gary and Hannah Bishop first asked for people to help with a drop-in meal with local vulnerable people. I wanted to help because I had experience doing this kind of thing and I was excited that they wanted to help people and change lives.
Over the years I have seen many people come and go, but what has been really exciting is seeing people change and move on. When I first started volunteering we were just giving a small group of people – 4 or 5, a hot meal… but this grew as they brought people and so on. We have moved from the Salvation Army Church hall, to St Clements and then in 2011 we secured the funding to have a full time set up with our own building.
My involvement is still very much about hospitality, helping with the hot meal drop-ins and making brews, but as a charity we are able to do so much more for people: health, housing, personal development, skills building, the list goes on.
Justlife has also helped me; I have got my Food Safety Level 2 certificate, First Aid at Work and I am so much more confident around people. I love volunteering here and hope to stay for as long as possible.
(Pic: Paula, with volunteer Garry and Director Gary).