Volunteering helps Gary feel more confident

Gary gives time at The Connection at St Martins where volunteering enables him to give back to those who have supported him in the past, and to stay connected.

Gary is a Step Up Volunteer at The Connection at St Martins in their rough sleepers day centre. He earns Time Credits by welcoming new clients to the centre, showing them round and taking their details and looking after the computer drop in.

After The Connection supported Gary to move away from the streets into accommodation earlier this year he was motivated to support others to do the same. He says,

I love volunteering and helping people less fortunate. Too many people are sleeping rough, it’s upsetting. Something has got to be done about it. The day centre really helped me when I needed it so I wanted to give something back.

Volunteering has really helped Gary build his confidence and make changes in his life.

Staff are saying that I am doing really well and to keep it up. Getting involved in volunteering has helped me get my life together – I am volunteering instead of being sat around.

Gary is an avid cricket fan and used his Time Credits to watch a county cricket match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Using Time Credits to come to Lord’s is fantastic and the atmosphere is cracking. I would definitely come back here and look forward to doing other things with Time Credits and bringing friends along. Time Credits help me get out for the day and meet people from other groups and societies.