Volunteering Into Work At Foryd Community Hub

A volunteer co-ordinator at the Foryd Community Hub in Rhyl, which was funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation, has already helped one of the centre’s users land a permanent job.

Alex Bowen has been funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation to work as a Volunteer Co-ordinator at the Centre in Rhyl, which provides a huge range of services to the local community, including advice on benefits and gaining employment.

Alex takes up the story.

“A lady called Mel came to us to discuss her family’s benefits situation, and also talked about trying to get into work herself.

“I suggested she could come and volunteer with us on reception to learn some new skills and get some experience.

“After about six weeks, she was offered a job with an agency which uses the centre and was holding interviews here.

“On top of that, her family have been able to claim extra benefits which they are entitled to, which has also helped improve their financial situation.

“Mel’s story is a great example of how the charity can help people in many different ways, and we are all very proud of her achievements.”

Mel has since written to the Foryd Community Hub, to express her appreciation at the help she received.

“I originally came to the Foryd centre for some benefit advice with my husband,” says Mel.

“After talking to Alex and explaining our situation, he offered me to come and volunteer on reception as I expressed my need to gain some skills and experience on reception in order for me to change my career path.

“Alex was very patient and helpful while he took the time to train me on reception, and all the staff and volunteers at the Foryd Centre were very approachable – I felt like part of a lovely team from day one.

“I have since been successful with my application for a full-time position with an agency which uses the centre.

“My family’s circumstances have changed for the better by all the help and support from all the staff at the Foryd Centre and we are extremely grateful.”

Mel’s story offers just a snapshot of the vital work of the Foryd Community Hub in the local community.

Services include offering advice on benefits and welfare, including areas such as switching energy suppliers, helping with CV’s and job applications, improving people’s digital skills and also community transport for people over 55 or people with disabilities.

There are now approximately 6,000 people accessing the centre every year, and 2,000 using the charity’s Community Café.



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