After spending a few years out of work, caring for a parent, I needed something to boost my confidence and prepare me for working again – so I signed up to volunteer when the library reopened.  At first I was very nervous and overwhelmed, being in a big team, but it wasn’t long before we were working together on big projects and achieving more than we expected! Everything from promoting our events, reorganising the stock, troubleshooting computer problems or doing admin has taught me a lot about my own abilities.  Being in such a nurturing atmosphere and being a bigger part of the community has really helped my anxiety. I’ve gained an incredible amount of confidence – not just in my professional skills but in my social life too. Peter, Julia and the ACCLAHC leaders have such a positive and caring attitude and I have massively benefitted from being part of their team – I’ve even started applying for jobs again!

Alice – volunteer