My time as a volunteer with IDAS has been brilliant. I have been given so many opportunities and I have also been able to undertake a variety of training courses whilst here. I have developed a wide range of skills through group facilitation and working one to one with clients. I have been able to experience working with lots of people with unique needs. As an IDAS volunteer each day for me has been different; there are always new learning opportunities such as making emotional support calls and facilitating a pilot male support group. There are too many opportunities to list but to name a few: I have been involved in calling clients who have left the service for feedback, facilitating groups and making the initial call to clients when we receive a referral. I have found that if there is something you want to do, at IDAS there is always the opportunity to do it.
At IDAS I am always developing; the opportunities on offer are challenging and exciting, for example I was able to shadow a MARAC meeting, which is something I didn’t even know existed but learnt a lot from. As a volunteer I always feel valued; I know I am in a safe environment to learn and progress whilst also helping victims of domestic abuse. I am part of a great team and I never expected to get as much out of volunteering for IDAS as I have done.