Making New Friends

Work.Live.Leicestershire Project - Tackling unemployment in rural Leicestershire

The Work.Live.Leicestershire (WiLL) programme help people who are economically inactive or unemployed who are living in rural Leicestershire to move into job search, training, or employment. Providing volunteer support and opportunities for people to gain experience and confidence.

Elle was a Teacher until she had to retire early due to an illness. She did not know where to go to use her skills and was not aware of the opportunities available. As a result from her illness, she was unable to use a computer.

She signed upto volunteering, this has given her more confidence and made her feel useful again. From being a teacher, a job with a lot of responsibility, to nothing it was really important for her to regain that level of self worth, which is what volunteering has done.

Elle has made new friends, with the lady she supports and other team members. Being a part of a team makes her feel valued, she is happy that she works in a supportive team who are flexible, listen and understand. She is now able to do things that she didn’t think she could do. Elle is now volunteering for 3 hours a week.

She wants to stay well and continue volunteering to make a difference.

The best thing about volunteering is knowing I am helping someone when
they need it the most and giving them their independence back. It’s nice
knowing that I am not being judged…”


The Work.Live Leicestershire (WiLL) Project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and The European Social Fund. It is delivered in partnership with Voluntary Action LeicesterShire.