Improving Lives

With VAC’s fourth Improving Lives course in full swing, we caught up with an earlier participant to hear how the course had impacted him.

Suleman Bismillah’s statement.

I finished work with my employer last November. One cold winter’s day I was passing by the VAC office. I was down. I think I had “unemployment syndrome.” I was missing my routine and my interactions. I had decided that my job was not worth all the stress. My health had been suffering. I had given them five and a half years of service. After I had left them, they still wanted me back!

So, I literally popped in to the VAC office. I chatted with Francesca who advised that I should try the Improving Lives course. I took some information away, read it and thought about it and decided I ought to do it.

The course was good from the word “go!” My timekeeping was always poor though. I gained confidence from the course and, also, I realised that I was not on my own. It really helped with my isolation. It made me realise that I have a lot of skills to offer to people, organisations and my community.

Everyone at VAC has been so supportive, even after the course was completed. Molly has been amazing, especially with my volunteer application. Francesca’s support has been invaluable. I have always felt welcome. Marie-Claire has given me a lot of her time and expertise, as well as Ruth [Burdett].

I am beginning volunteering at the Carers Centre. I am taking one step at a time. My volunteering may lead to employment with them or, of course, elsewhere. My volunteer work will involve administration, outreach, face to face and customer service.

Thank you everybody at VAC!!

Suleman Bismillah, 29 05 2019.