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Volunteers

Volunteers

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  • Barry

    It was with some measure of trepidation that I walked down to City Road for my first shift as a volunteer for the Cold Weather Provision service at St Petroc’s. I had decided that I wanted to help out in my community and something that could be challenging but not too much. I wasn’t at all sure that I would be able to work with rough sleepers who would have drug and alcohol problems and might be aggressive.

    What I found at St Petroc’s was a caring and supportive community of dedicated social workers and volunteers. These people were warm and generous with their time and committed to help clients get back on their feet and help them into society and often reconnect with friends and family.

    As for the clients, they were just ordinary, normal folk of all ages, for whom something had gone wrong in life. They might have lost their job or become ill or simply been unable to manage themselves or close relationships due to social pressures. Many were regular visitors to City Road and were very pleased to have somewhere safe and warm to go to in the cold weather. Some had amazing stories to tell. How many of us have come close to falling through the net and not realised it. None of us knows what could be round the corner.

    It’s heartening to find such a caring capacity in Truro to support people who are sometimes at their lowest ebb. They don’t need to be judged, they need practical solutions and that’s what St Petroc’s strives to provide for them and I was very pleased to be a part of it.

  • Margi

    I run a small art group on Thursday afternoons at the resource centre.

    I have learnt so much about what it is to be homeless, and who the homeless are, and where they are living. It has been the biggest learning curve of my life, and I have enjoyed every moment of it.

    The members of my art group are a very erudite, sensitive, and appreciative group of people, with fascinating stories to tell and it has been a privilege to spend time with them.

  • Jessica and Agatha

    Volunteering one day of our annual leave to stuff envelopes was so worthwhile and rewarding when the Cornish community is so generous in its donations. What an incredible amount raised! It makes you realise what large hearts the Cornish people have.

  • Tim

    I like volunteering at St Petroc’s because you get supported and informed but the support is never patronising and the information always relevant.

  • Elaine

    After moving back to my birthplace in Cornwall, my goal was to give something back to the community I’m so proud to have been raised in.

    Working as a graphic designer in London for five years had brought the issue of homelessness close to my heart, and after reading St Petroc’s amazing mission I knew I wanted to be involved. Cut to looking at the volunteer vacancies and I realised just how perfect this was. Of the three available vacancies, one was for a graphic designer. I’m able to use my expertise to help visualise and communicate their all-important messages, promote St Petroc’s in a confident and appropriate way and hopefully free up a bit of time for all the staff that work so hard!

    I am so thrilled to be able to assist with St Petroc’s incredible mission and humbled by the openness and passion radiated by everyone there.