"Being a Helping Hands volunteer leaves me feeling part of a common purpose and included, and it has helped me get out of the house and end my isolation."

Michael, Mark and Gary

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Michael, Mark and Gary at Hope College Open Day.

Michael, Gary and Mark attended a five week training course, facilitated by two of our volunteer Peer Mentors to become Helping Hands volunteers.

Our Helping Hands volunteers carry out a vital role in supporting staff and Peer Mentors, when preparing for Hope College groups and courses. They help to set up rooms, organise refreshments, give out handouts, and most importantly, they welcome students by helping them sign in and feel comfortable in their surroundings.

“Although I was anxious at first about becoming a Helping Hands volunteer, with the support of staff, I am now able to help others as well as working on my own recovery.”

Michael, Gary and Mark have made a real success of the Helping Hands volunteer role, which has become an invaluable part of the Peer Support Programme. All the Hope College staff and volunteer Peer Mentors thank them for their hard work and commitment, and we look forward to working with them more over the coming terms.

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Rosie

Two days after Christmas, pregnant, and with a toddler to look after, Rosie’s husband kicked her out of the house…

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Gary

Gary took part in the Art Beyond Belief Looking Glass programme; anxiety got the better of him during his first attempt, but he returned to complete the programme the second time. You can see more of his work from the programme on our website.

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