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Norman on Volunteering at Landau

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Jan 2015

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Having been in and out of hospital for a year; which led to the loss of my left leg, the difficulties I faced in life were many. Having worked in the construction industry most of my career, I found that I was unable to go back into that line of work.

It took just over a year to learn to walk again. I faced a further six months rehabilitation where I was mobile enough to get around, although not yet able to return to full time work.

As I became more mobile I needed to find out what my capabilities were; now that I was coping with a disability. It was only by getting out and about that I would be able to find out what my problems were going to be. Things like walking to the bus stops, travelling by bus, being amongst a crowd. Also, when I got to where I was going, would I be able to cope with people as my confidence was very low at that time.

After a friend suggested volunteering, I looked up the Do It Volunteering website and browsed through the options available. As I had a lot of life experience, I decided to try a few days a week helping others.

I came across an advertisement from the Landau charity organisation; who were seeking volunteers to help support adults with learning difficulties. Landau’s aim was to help people by teaching them the skills needed to find work. As I had experience in running my own business I felt that I could help out.

I applied easily online and sent my CV. A few days later I received an e mail inviting me for an interview. The interview with Margaret was very relaxed and having been told what Landau wanted from their volunteers and feeling I could do this, I was delighted to be accepted as a volunteer.

The work I was doing at Landau involved helping experienced teaching staff run courses such as the World of Work (employability course) and accredited courses like First Aid, Manual Handling and Health & Safety in the work place. I was also involved in seeing clients one to one and helping write CVs and to apply for work.

The six months working at Landau was highly enjoyable, with very friendly and helpful staff. The experience I gained encouraged me to apply for a job that had become available at the National Careers Service.

I was successful in getting the job and have now started working full time. Six months ago I would not have thought this possible. The time I spent at Landau has been one of the most rewarding things that I have done in my life. Watching people with learning difficulties progress from starting a course withdrawn and struggling to cope to three to four weeks later hurrying into the class with smiles on their faces was amazing.

I would certainly encourage others who are thinking about volunteering with Landau to take the first steps forward, apply for the role and enjoy their time there as much as I did.

Norman on Volunteering at Landau

2015-01-13T17:56:50+00:00

Norman on Volunteering at Landau

Having been in and out of hospital for a year; which led to the loss of my left leg, the difficulties I faced in life were many. Having worked in the construction industry most of my career, I found that I was unable to go back into that line of work. It took just over a year to learn to walk again. I faced a further six months rehabilitation where I was mobile enough to get around, although not yet able to return to full time work. As I became more mobile I needed to find out what my capabilities were; now that I was coping with a disability. It was only by getting out and about that I would be able to find out what my problems were going to be. Things like walking to the bus stops, travelling by bus, being amongst a crowd. Also, when I got to where I was going, would I be able to cope with people as my confidence was very low at that time.
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