What volunteer opportunities does Luminus have to offer?
Volunteering is a great way to invest your time, contribute to your local community and gain valuable work experience. If you would like to get involved, please contact us about any opportunities we may have.
Ferry Project in Wisbech, a homeless shelter-come-cafe and learning centre has various exciting opportunities for volunteers to get involved in.
HOPE Social Enterprises offer volunteering opportunities for people who are long and short-term unemployed, by providing skilled-based work placements in our warehouse, cleaning, and grounds maintenance teams. While volunteering with HOPE you will receive support and guidance on Health & Safety and build confidence in the workplace, through mentoring and valuable work experience.
HOPE will be developing further opportunities over the next year, which will include education and training that will enhance any volunteer placement.
If you are interested in gaining invaluable work experience through volunteering with HOPE please contact us on 01480 428355
Mark's journey back into employment with the help of HOPE Social Enterprise
Mark had a motorcycle accident when he was 19 that severely damaged his knee, making it progressively difficult for him to work. In 2000 Mark had a total knee replacement and, following a long recovery, in 2016 he felt ready to re-join the workplace. Mark had previous skills in maintenance and repairs, however, he had been out of work for 25 years and had to permanently use a knee brace.
At 55 years of age, with no recent work history and a disability, Mark set about trying to gain employment. He applied for five jobs but was not invited for an interview with any of them. Mark saw the HOPE job advertisement for a multi-skilled operative and was encouraged by the words “HOPE encourages people back into the workforce”.
Mark applied and was interviewed. Mark demonstrated he had the right attitude and skills to join the HOPE team and started work in March 2016.
To support Mark in the workplace a full risk assessment was created specifically for him, focusing on supporting him in the workplace due to the restrictions his knee placed on him. Additional equipment was purchased, such as a step ladder with handrails and kneepads, allowing him to work safely both at height and at floor level. This extra support meant Mark has worked for HOPE for 20 months and during this time, alongside training in COSHH, bio-hazard cleaning and sharps disposal he has gained confidence in his abilities as a positive contributor to the success of HOPE Social Enterprise.
The confidence he has gained led to Mark being offered a job with another company that better matches with his skills in maintenance and repairs.
After 25 years being out of work, Mark has gained new skills, grown in confidence, and taken the next step in his career. He is a great example of how HOPE can have a positive impact on worklessness and inspire people. We wish Mark all the best in his new job.