Adrian Sparkes 49, Steve Norwood 37, and Becky Launchbury 21, recently achieved their NVQ qualifications in Customer Care and Retail while volunteering at the Helen & Douglas House shop in Cirencester.
Adrian who lives in Stroud, is registered blind and suffers from very limited tunnel vision. In spite of this he has travelled over 20 miles each day for the past 3 years to volunteer at the shop in Cirencester.
Adrian explains; ‘Because of my disability I feel that employers haven’t given me a fair chance. This has not been the case with Helen & Douglas House. They took me on and have given me the chance and support to achieve new things and make new friends. This has boosted my confidence and has given me two qualifications to add to my CV.’
Volunteering in the shop has been a lifeline for Adrian, who lost his mum to cancer recently and his brother committed suicide the day after their mum’s funeral.
Faye Rose the shop manager, explained; ‘Adrian sees the shop almost as his adopted family and finds great comfort helping out and keeping busy. He works really hard and is a real asset to our team.’
Steve Norwood and Becky Launchbury live in Cirencester and the NVQ is a first qualification for both of them.
Steve said; ‘If I can do it, anyone can, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.’ Becky added; ‘I learned lots of new skills and I really enjoyed the course.’
Faye Rose is the manager of the shop and she supported all the volunteers through their studies. She said; ‘This was a big deal for Becky, Steve and Adrian. It was lovely seeing them get their certificate as their confidence has really grown since completing their award’
Yvonne Davison, volunteer co-ordinator at Helen & Douglas House said; ‘The success of the volunteers in our Cirencester Shop goes to prove the positive impact NVQ training can have. It is a fantastic achievement by all concerned. All our volunteers are offered the opportunity to complete NVQ’s after volunteering with us for more than six months, depending on their areas of responsibility’