Ben's Story

Ben's Story - Reach Newark volunteer

"I was a Community Support Worker in Newark for a few years prior to retirement. It was in 2014 I started volunteering for Reach in Newark. Before that my life ranged from power industry engineering in the UK and overseas, forestry care and even the aircraft industry. I could go on and on, however, as my grandchildren would say “oh dear he’s off on one again.”

Volunteering for Reach has given me a special lease of life during retirement. Clients can enjoy a great deal from volunteers with a wide experience of life knowledge and skills.

So far I have supported clients in Pottery, Film and Photography, Art and now Computing. Oh, and before lockdown, don’t forget Fun and Fitness.

The pandemic meant that people couldn’t meet at the centre. That was hard for everyone so when an opportunity to participate in Friday Zoom sessions cropped up I jumped at the chance. This was brilliant for keeping the Reach community connected.

Clients and staff have become like a family to me. I have thoroughly enjoyed giving time to supporting class sessions and other activities such as outings. I have enjoyed and admired the passionate, professional, caring and fun way that Reach use individual skills and care with clients.

When I see these happy, laughing, thoughtful faces, volunteering for Reach has definitely been one of the best decisions I have ever made."