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Volunteer case studies

Please see a case study below from one of our Pantry volunteers:

  • Mr Smith

    Mr Smith* had been unemployed for over three years - despite his best efforts to get back into paid employment. This situation had begun to make him feel worthless, particularly as he’d begun to fall behind with his rent.

    When a volunteering opportunity became available at the pantry he hesitantly put his name forward for the role of Pantry assistant.

    This role helped him interact and engage with the local community (his neighbours) and was a major contributing factor to boosting his confidence.

    The pantry was able to offer training and provide coursers as well as assistance with C.V. writing and applying for jobs. The pantry also provided a reference detailing his hard work at the pantry.

    After six months of working at the pantry Mr Smith had found he’d built up the confidence to not only apply for a job, but attend an interview only to be rewarded the role he’d applied for!

    *Not his real name

We have also had a lot of positive feedback from Pantry volunteers. Please see below some of the comments we have received:

I’ve volunteered at Penny Lane Pantry for almost two years and I love it. I started off working a couple of hours a week and now I work every shift I can. As the pantry is based in the community I live in, it gives me the chance to get to know my neighbours better as well as welcoming new families.

            Carol Howe

Working at Pantry at Number 5 has been a great experience. I helped set up the pantry and seeing how many people we help each week is amazing. The pantry is already a valued part of the community and somewhere people genuinely look forward to coming each week! I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished.

            Carol Brown

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