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    A volunteer's journey to employment

    Lawrence Tang started volunteering with One Support in April 2014 and went above and beyond his duties as a volunteer. He attended all of the training and events available, and put in a lot of work. As a result of volunteering, Lawrence found employment with our One Support service as a Support Assistant. 

    "I studied Criminology and graduated from university in 2013. After many months of delay, I decided it would be a good idea to start with voluntary work to gain experience and to ease myself into working life.

    “One Housing offered me many training opportunities which gave me the chance to meet other volunteers. I then started volunteering at Burghley Road, a residential service that caters to people with alcohol issues and mental health problems.

    “My experience at Burghley Road was great and I got involved with many things, such as taking customers to their appointments, helping them with their shopping, running activities such as Bingo and helping them with their finances.

    “At Burghley Road, I learnt that the customers are people, just like me and you and my experience taught me a lot about mental health. They have families and friends; they have worked in different kinds of jobs and share different past experiences, and overall are quite unique characters.

    “I now work for another mental health service in Camden, which has been great so far. I am appreciative of my volunteering experience, as it has allowed me to gain a lot of experience and has led me into employment."

    If you have thought about volunteering and want to get involved, please contact our Volunteering team on 0300 123 9966 / 020 8821 5300 or 020 7428 4262, or email osvolunteering@onehousing.co.uk.  

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