PG finds the chance to give something back
Many of Heathcotes’ service users have an abundance of community spirit. In some cases, that spirit comes from their own experience of difficult times when they have benefited from the support of other people. Typifying that generosity and empathy is PG, who lives in one of our independent support living apartments in Rotherham.
Prior to moving into a Heathcotes property in September 2019, PG had a placement in Manchester, where he volunteered at a homeless centre. PG was himself homeless for a while, but fortunately he found the help he needed to find a more stable life, so devoting time to the centre was driven by a belief in giving something back.
When PG arrived in Rotherham, he still had an eagerness to participate in voluntary work, but he needed to get to know his new local community and discover opportunities to get involved. The Heathcotes support staff focused on helping PG to achieve his aim and facilitated interaction with various community groups. They found a potential opportunity for him to take up a volunteering job at the British Heart Foundation. PG applied for the role, secured an interview and got the job. With staff support, he now does four hours of voluntary work a week, which involves fundraising and selling badges in the community, selling items in the store and helping in the warehouse.
PG is now thriving in Rotherham and relishing his involvement in community life, motivated by the sense that he is making a difference to other people’s lives through volunteering. His story is similar to many other residents of Heathcotes’ independent support living, a model of self-contained accommodation with 24-hour availability of staff support which we introduced to complement our established full-time residential care. For service users like PG, it’s an ideal environment to develop independence whilst enjoying opportunities for social and community inclusion.
Keep up the good work, PG!