I began volunteering with the Community Café August 2016, having come along first when the café started in April 2016 just to enjoy the food and meet people. Within 3 months I started to volunteer with the Café. I helped lay tables, serve food and helped with the washing up.
Because of a back injury I had been out of work for years, I weighed 23 and a half stone and I couldn’t bend. I spent most of the time playing computer games. I was isolated and depressed and just felt worthless.
I lost all confidence and didn’t want to mix with people or go out. This was not helped by the fact that I was living in inappropriate housing that I could not clean or afford.
At first I just came to the café every week and enjoyed the soup, stovies and home bakes although I came just as much for the company. It was good to get a home cooked meal in company and I could afford this because it was pay what you could afford, so I didn’t have to worry about having enough money.
I really enjoyed the banter and I could see they needed volunteers to help. At the café there are also people to give advice and information to help you and I found out about another volunteer opportunity with Real Living in Rosyth at the social café for older people so I volunteer as a befriender there now too. I really enjoy it.
I have made new friends through the Community Cafe. One thing has just led to another and now I feel proud that I am giving back to the community and I have lost 9 stone in weight. Being able to get the right advice and information also helped, I have now moved to a smaller house that I can afford to run, I feel more positive, I can now give people advice about where to go to get help, I now have friends and am learning new skills. It’s a great feeling when you feel you have helped someone or when you are working as part of a team to do something. Everyone is friendly and we have a good laugh. – Dec 2017