Thank you: a letter from one of our volunteers

A picture of a neon sign with the words thank youRandom Acts of Kindness Day is February 19, 2021. One of the suggested tasks is to write a letter to someone who has made a big impact on your life.

Here, Chris Grant volunteer and fundraiser write about what his time volunteering means to him. 

Our 300+ volunteers impact the lives of thousands of individuals each year, and it's important to us that the experience is an enjoyable one. 

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Dear AbilityNet,

I am writing this letter to you on Random Acts of Kindness Day 2021, to say a heartfelt “thank you” for being part of my journey.

Early in December 2015 I was enjoying life and working at a telecommunications provider as a customer service agent, then my health took a sudden twist.

Following emergency surgery, I lost my job and was in and out of hospital needing operations.

What hurt me the most was not being able to help others. I came across an advertisement from AbilityNet advertising for ITCANHELP volunteers and quickly applied.

I was interviewed by Sarah Brain became the Scotland Coordinator as a volunteer.

Five years on, I'm saying a big 'thank you' to AbilityNet. 

A big, happy volunteer family

extract from AbilityNet impact report on volunteeringI'd strongly recommend to anyone to volunteer for AbilityNet. The organisation treats everyone as one big family.

We can go to each other; there are forums and WhatsApp groups, and you become friends, and it is good to see that.

This is the best organisation I have volunteered for because everyone is treated the same and opinions are heard.

Don't take my word for it. We've just released our 2020 Impact Survey, which includes survey results as to the experience of all AbilityNet volunteers.

Satisfaction levels remain high and volunteers report good engagement, too.

Fast forward to today and I now work full-time for AbilityNet

It is a real honour and privilege to work for this charity. Being out of employment was tough and never thought I would get a job I’d enjoy because of the big gap in my C.V.

AbilityNet is my life, Volunteering and now working it's just great!. I remember being offered the role and I was speechless (and for those that know me – It does not happen much...)

Chris Grant, Community Relationship Officer for AbilityNet

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