Meet our Volunteers!
We asked some of our our volunteers to tell us about their experience with FRASAC.
Helen has volunteered with FRASAC for eight years, starting out in a Volunteer Counselling Support role. Since then she has completed a diploma in Counselling and has recently completed Supervising skills. Helen is a valuable member of the FRASAC team. Here is her experience working as a Volunteer:
‘I started volunteering eight years ago as a Counselling Support Worker after completing a counselling skills course. I had no previous experience and was nervous to begin with, but was soon able to help clients make sense of how they felt as a consequence of their experience. I love working with the client base. Their courage to walk through the door is inspiring and the commitment they have on their journey is humbling. FRASAC is a great organisation with a lot of support in place so you never feel alone. I received training which included role-play, scenarios and the space to explore issues which may come up in a safe training environment. This made it easier and I felt more comfortable when it came to working with clients. I also receive regular external supervision. The training is an important part of volunteering to feel prepared and allows anyone to explore whether this area of counselling and the client base is right for them.’
Ros volunteered with FRASAC for two years before becoming a paid member of staff. This is her experience:
‘I began volunteering with FRASAC as a Volunteer Support Worker. I enjoyed helping clients and supporting them with what was going on in their lives. Volunteering gives people the chance to join an organisation and be part of the culture. It allows you to learn the aims and values. When the post came up at FRASAC I felt ready to change roles as I already knew the company and enjoyed working with staff.