Searching for charities around kids, I found the Hamlet and the play schemes, and although I felt a bit nervous about kids with disabilities, as I didn’t have any previous experience, I felt that the work they were doing was really amazing and that volunteering there could be the opportunity I was looking for and I went for it.
Volunteering at the Hamlet is the best thing I have done in a long time. I can only go on Saturdays, as I work full time, but the Saturdays I go to the Hamlet are my favourite day of the week and I really don’t mind the alarm going off early because I know it is going to be a good day. Being with the kids is tough and challenging at times but it is really rewarding. I have so much fun playing and laughing with them and I feel very proud and happy when they achieve little things or engage with me or other carers and kids.
I also can express my big ball of love in a way that also helps them to have a good time, feel safe and loved, and that is the best thing in the world, and it also helps the parents to have a break! It has also exposed me to unfamiliar things, so I am learning a lot, and amazing people that otherwise I would have never had the chance to meet. The Saturday team at the Hamlet is fantastic. The work they do is really important, and I feel honoured to be there helping them to achieve all their goals. Just thinking about it puts a smile on my face.”