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Filling the gap

Today Lynda Pelling tells how a gap on her CV and lack of referees prompted her to volunteer – and got her a full-time job!

I have been a volunteer with Adullam Housing Association for one year, I never would have expected my volunteer position to lead me to where I am now, (but it has).

At the start of 2019 I was looking to get back into work following a five-year break. I had no idea what I wanted to do and the lack of referees plus the empty space on my CV made job applications slightly more challenging. I was attending regular appointments with Working Well, where I discussed my interest in volunteer work as an option and to gain the necessary skills for me to progress.

My key worker at Working Well told me about Adullam Homes and I applied for the Administration Assistant role. I met with Heather, the Volunteer Coordinator who was very welcoming, introduced me to the team and talked me through the opportunities that Adullam provides. I was impressed and with an open mind I started my position as Administration Assistant.

I had plenty of help to settle in and learn the ropes, everyone was welcoming and most of all encouraging. I really enjoyed helping in the office, picking up new skills from Gemma who was amazingly patient and Laura giving me the opportunity to gain a Peer Mentoring Certificate.

The more I learned, the more I wanted to be involved with the service users.

In May 2020 I applied for a job as a My Life Coordinator with Adullam; I got an interview and then finished my role as volunteer Administrator Assistant to become a full-time employee. I got the job!

I am so grateful for the help and support I have received from the team at Adullam Tameside and the confidence they have installed in me, that I am now able to give back means a lot.

Being a volunteer at Adullam Homes Housing Association in Tameside has been amazing and is truly rewarding.