CATH Charity Shop - Mark
Hi my name is Mark, I have been a volunteer in CATH Charity shop since March 2015. I decided to volunteer in the shop to use the skills I already had experience dealing with customers and due to health problems this has been an ideal role for me. I am part of a large team of volunteers and staff which has enabled me to build up my confidence, feel treated with respect and CATH has been a great support to me and my needs. Volunteering at CATH has made me realise that becoming homeless could happen to anyone of us at any time, I would recommend that if you wish to volunteer, CATH is the perfect place to be.
CATH Charity Shop
I have been a volunteer in the CATH Charity Shop for almost 6 years now. I wanted to do some voluntary work after I retired and as I was already involved with “Nosh at the North” (providing meals for the homeless) CATH Shop seemed the obvious choice. Having worked in an office for 42 years where I didn’t meet the “customers” I now enjoy meeting the customers, a lot of whom are regulars each week, I also enjoy doing the displays etc. The staff and volunteers are friendly and as all the proceeds go to benefit the homeless people we work with in the Perth & Kinross areas I feel it’s worthwhile – why not give it a go if you have a few spare hours?
CATH Charity Shop
Throughout my time spent as a volunteer in the CATH shop, since its opening in 2010 working with caring Management and other volunteers, I have felt a valued member of the team and a real sense of belonging to a very worthwhile local Charity. The few hours spent each week helping with displays and customer service, in a relaxed, friendly environment are very enjoyable and fulfilling.
CATH Charity Shop
I moved to Scotland in September 2015 to attend College and as someone new to the country I didn’t have the friends or employment to keep me busy, therefore I got bored and wanted to volunteer as it is an opportunity to meet people, add to my resume and feel you’ve made a contribution to the community. Now nine months later I still volunteer even though I now have made friends and a job. I volunteer because I feel happy every time I come into the shop, the tasks are fund, it’s a break from everyday life and the people I’ve met are so friendly. I am so glad I took a chance and didn’t waste my spare time in front of the tv.
Befriender - Sue
My name is Sue. I’ve been volunteering with CATH since October 2015 as a Befriender. I meet regularly with my befriendee to go for a coffee or to the cinema or other places/activities of mutual interest. I attended CATH’s 2 day Befriender training with other potential befrienders which I found very useful in understanding the role, helping to set boundaries and enable individuals to become involved in their community. The on-going support from CATH is exceptional which helps to make the experience both rewarding and appreciated, for me, volunteering isn’t just about helping someone else, it’s good for me too.
I wanted to change the type of volunteering work that I was doing and contacted CATH for information, they were very helpful and informative and made me feel welcome, once all the formalities were completed I was invited to attend a 2 day training course to enable me to be matched to a befriendee, the trainers were very welcoming, informative and made me feel at ease, I knew then that being a befriender was right for me. The next step was waiting to be matched CATH kept me informed and once there was a suitable match I attended a meeting with a potential befriendee for an initial chat. This was nerve wracking as it was the first time I had went to one of these, I remembered from the training that my befriendee would also be feeling the same. After the first 5 minutes everything was much more relaxed and we enjoyed getting to know each other, after the meeting I was excited to meet again and start our journey together. The first time you meet on your own is scary but it gets easier each time I really enjoy meeting with my befriendee and encouraging them to build their confidence and develop their skills.
What to do when retirement looms!!! Well I was coming ever closer to that in October 2006 so in the spring of that year I contacted CATH Day Centre at the Ladeside in Perth to see if I could work as a volunteer. I have been here 10 years now and find it very fulfilling as when I leave I feel as if I have done something worthwhile. I help prepare and serve a midday meal for up to 25 people, some days are more eventful than others, but I cannot say in the other jobs I have had in the past nurse, telephonist or documentation technician that I had the same satisfaction of doing something as I do now. Who knows what the future holds, maybe I will be here for another 10 years!!