When Development Officer, Mike Evans, met army veteran, Kelvin Preece, he was struggling with the loss of his wife and his confidence levels were very low.
Mike worked with Kelvin to explore his options going forward and suggested that volunteering could be a great way to feel less isolated and meet like-minded people.
He encouraged Kelvin to join a local veterans’ group, where he found a new group of friends with shared experiences in the army. He also visited his local Royal British Legion branch, where they saw huge potential for Kelvin to support others like him through voluntary Branch Community Support.
Kelvin thrived in this role, offering telephone buddy, home and hospital visit support to veterans. He has now been offered the position of District Branch Community Support Coordinator in South East Wales, covering 44 branches.
Working closely with Sara Wilson, Membership Support Officer for Gwent and South East Wales, Kelvin’s role involves networking and regular public speaking.
Kelvin said: “Mike helped me turn my life back around. He was always there for a chat and encouraged me to start volunteering, which really helped me to start feeling better.”
Mike said: “With Kelvin, it was about finding something that worked for him. Over time his confidence built up and he has now found a sense of purpose and is making a huge difference in his community.”
If you are unsure about your next steps, PRIME Cymru can help you to explore your options – including employment, self-employment, volunteering and training. Get in touch on 01550 721813 or email email@example.com.