Volunteer Story – Maria

Maria, 17 volunteered in Next Step from July – September 2021

“I am Maria and I currently go to college with the hopes of studying Dentistry in University soon. I am a local to the area which makes volunteering 10x more rewarding as I get to give back to the community. I found out about NCA on the internet; I initially wanted to volunteer to connect with the community but it has had many more benefits such as increasing my confidence and boosting communication skills. On the Next Step project I have helped people search for jobs, with Manchester Move applications and with their Universal Credit Account. Volunteering on the Next Step project has given me the opportunity to meet a diverse range of people from all walks of life. This has defiantly helped me grow and develop as a person. Specifically, it has enhanced my communication skills and boosted my confidence highly. I believe that the transferable skills I’ve gained from volunteering here will be of great use to me in the future!”

“I feel highly grateful for being able to volunteer at NCA. The atmosphere of the Northmoor Community Hub is extremely warm and friendly, the staff are amazing and it is very rewarding to be able to connect more with the community”

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