'Volunteering has given me a new focus in life'

October 31st, 2017



Mind in Mid Herts are a provider of mental health services in Mid Hertfordshire and have well-being centres in St. Albans, Stevenage, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. They have a positive and holistic approach to promoting mental well-being. They support individuals who are suffering or who have suffered from mental and emotional distress. On 10th October it was World Mental Health Day, and the theme this year was ‘workplace wellbeing.’ We caught up with Volunteer Nicky Kantura, to see how volunteering with the charity has benefited her.

1. How long have you been volunteering for Mind in Mid Herts? How did you hear about them?
I started in March 2013 and after a break to have my son, I came back in October 2016. I was volunteering for Mind in Haringey when I lived in London, so looked for the local Mind when I moved to St Albans.

2. What made you want to join and help?
I have suffered from anxiety and depression (on a lesser scale) for some years. Volunteering has given me a new focus in my life. I also want to help and work with other people suffering with their mental health.

3. How often do you volunteer for the project and do you balance this with work or other life commitments?
I volunteer three mornings a week whilst my son is at nursery. Mind have allowed me to be flexible with my hours to fit around my family life.

4. Why are volunteers so important?
Volunteers provide a lot of support to the organisation and help it to offer a range of services. They bring a range of knowledge and experience to all parts of the charity.

5. Why would you recommend people to volunteer?
Volunteering has provided me with a new focus in life and it is an amazing feeling to be giving back. For me, it has provided a new career as I will soon be starting as an Outreach Worker for Mind in Mid Herts.

6. How can others get involved and help support the project?
They can contact Mind in Mid Herts by either calling 01727 865070 or emailing volunteer@mindinmidherts.org.uk.

To find out more about volunteering for Mind in Mid Herts, you can visit https://mindinmidherts.org.uk/.

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