Unexpectedly faced with medical discharge from the army, Ben had no idea about finding employment or what his future would look like.
Ben met Sophie from Step Together Volunteering, through his Personnel Recovery Officer. Although interested in the idea of volunteering, he still had no particular direction in mind and was initially concerned about how his ankle injury and mobility would affect potential opportunities.
Sophie was there to offer support and reassurance and after getting to know him, talked through a few different volunteering options with Ben. He decided on finding out more about a role with Shelter Scotland, providing support on their Digital Chat Forum.
Sophie accompanied Ben to an informal meeting at Shelter’s office with the volunteer coordinator. Ben very quickly decided to commit to the role and began the initial training.
Volunteering with Shelter has fuelled his desire to help others and despite having no prior experience of housing issues, Ben is now enrolled on a training course on Housing Law and is determined to pursue a career within social housing. He is taking the experience and enthusiasm he has developed through volunteering and is in the process of arranging work experience with a housing association.
“I would never have thought about volunteering before, now I just want to help people and housing is great. My outlook has changed; I was scared about leaving the army but now I know I can go and get a job. Thanks to Step Together and volunteering I am now a 100% in a better place than I was before!”
The change Sophie has seen in Ben over a relatively short period of time is remarkable. Ben has grown in confidence and is now feeling a lot more positive about his future beyond the army.