Volunteers Week: Meet John

I joined Seven Cs in May 2014, four months before we opened. All we had was a clear set of aims and a building which needed a little work before it was suitable for receiving clients. A small team of three volunteers, including myself, gave as much time as we could spare to get the building up to scratch.

When we opened our doors to clients in September 2014, we aimed to pass on practical skills in electrics, cycle maintenance, woodwork, general property maintenance and gardening as well as support people in need of help to gain the confidence to move forward with their lives, including guidance to help with seeking employment.

We started off with three clients, all with different barriers: one lacked confidence, another had dirty and torn clothes and poor personal hygiene, and the third lacked concentration. After just two weeks, we noticed a real difference in each of them.

Our first client's confidence steadily grew as I taught him about electrical theory.

The second started showing pride in his work, and soon after, in his appearance too. He also began arriving early.

Initially, our third client's work and efforts were not very good, but over time, his concentration began to improve and he started to set his work out in a far more presentable way. He was our first success; After four weeks he found a job.

Since then we have had many clients come through our door, all with different problems. It's a joy to help to improve their lives. Now, two years on, we are far more equipped than when we started so we can do more to help in improve our client's lives.

I would say to anyone who has some spare time to join us; you will gain a great sense of personal satisfaction in seeing people make positive changes, achieve their goals and have happier lives.

If you are interested in joining us, we are in need of volunteers to help us continue providing the service to our clients.


Please contact Dave on 01603 920250 or at restart@matthewproject.org

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