Voluntary Worker (Former Employee) – Southport, ENG – 17 December 2013
Volunteering to work at Vitalise for a week (a hotel for disabled people)I continued to experience care with a variety of the service users. Working at the hotel was challenging; I worked with disabled people who were either in wheelchairs, had communication issues or had restrictive movements. I had to adapt my communication and interpersonal skills; I often found myself using my hands to communicate. I learnt to be positive, sympathetic and patient. Although challenging I never allowed myself to give up, and I always ensured that the client's needs were being met. After my placement there, I have received several requests from the manager to work there again. My work experiences have allowed me to work with both disabled and non-disabled people. I have relished every opportunity.
Volunteer (Former Employee) – Southport – 7 March 2013
this was a holiday home for people with disabilities and their carers. to start the day i would help the staff wake the service users and help get them washed and dresses. i would them help them with their breakfast. during the day i would be with the service users undertaking any tasks that they wanted to do.
helping people with disabilities and getting to know them
Manageress (Former Employee) – Havant – 7 March 2013
Sorting donated bags and boxes of stock for selling or recycling sometime could be the hardest part of the job.Hanging and steaming of items of clothing and then pricing o put on shopfloor. Managing my voluntary staff and organising who is able to do what was needed as a few were disabled or had learning dificulties so to be careful not to offend or expect too much of them. I enjoyed all parts of the job, I love working serving the public. Apart from my volunteers in the shop there were no other members of Vitalise staff at any time.