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Lizzie’s Story – Becoming a Volunteer

Lizzie is a customer at one of our supported living services in Romford and she receives support from Outlook Care to live as independently as possible.

As part of living an active and independent life, Lizzie decided that she’d like to become a volunteer so she can get out and about in the community and spend more time outside of her home environment. So Outlook Care staff were on a mission to find her just the right type of role to suit her needs.

Lizzie was supported to take up a voluntary role at a charity shop in Harold Hill and she now works there one morning a week, tagging-up stock and putting items out across the shop ready for customers to buy. Her volunteering job enables her to socialise with fellow workers and with customers and play an active role in community life; and she really enjoys having her own independence.

Lizzie says: “I enjoy talking to the customers and the staff are very friendly. I like going to work, it makes me happy”

Lizzie’s story is a great example of how Outlook Care supports people to make their own life choices, and believes that something like getting a job, enjoying community life or simply socialising more is possible with the right support. If you know anyone who is considering becoming a volunteer please see our volunteering page for further details.