Meet some of our volunteers!
My name is Helen and I have been volunteering with New Pathways since June 2020. I am soon to be a qualified counsellor and chose New Pathways after completing their intensive course on Working with Sexual Violence.
As an agency, New Pathways is consistently professional, supportive and successful in its fight against sexual violence. Even throughout this pandemic, working from home, I know that if I have any questions at all, there will be someone there to answer them, endless or not.
Meeting, speaking with and counselling survivors` of sexual abuse has been an absolute pleasure and privilege. Knowing that you are making a difference is so rewarding and I would encourage anyone thinking about their counselling journey to consider New Pathways. It can be challenging but so worth it.
I have been volunteering since January 2021.
I currently see three clients a week for counselling via Zoom.
I am passionate about helping others who have experienced trauma. When you see clients change from victim to survivor, it makes it all worthwhile.
I am always looking for ways to give back to the community. I feel the resources provided through New Pathways are essential for a person to heal, allowing them to regain control of their lives.
I always feel supported and I LOVE what I do!
My name is Julia Upcott and I have been volunteering with New Pathways since September 2019. After initial training, I ran craft sessions at the Cardiff office on a weekly basis. I also helped out at a Mental Health and Well-being event, Freshers Week and a walking group. This past year I have been supporting New Pathways in delivering “Bridging the Gap” sessions on Zoom as well as delivering monthly craft sessions.
Initially I volunteered to help people and be purposefully occupied in my retirement. In addition, I have been lucky enough to meet many wonderful people and forge new friendships. I now have a greater awareness of mental health issues and have admiration for the work that New Pathways and similar organisations do. I am grateful for the training and guidance I have received from New Pathways and believe that I am a better and more aware person because of it. I am privileged to observe the good work that is going on and to be a small part of it. It is this that motivates me to continue on this path.
My name is Rachel John and my volunteering journey began with New Pathways, July 16th 2019 when I facilitated our first Mindfulness taster session. I’ve been volunteering as a Mindfulness Teacher, practically, once a week since then. I started onsite, in Cardiff, offering a 6 week Mindfulness programme and have continued online with drop in classes since the pandemic interrupted our lives.
I’ve been part of the SURE mental health project since it’s inception and have thoroughly enjoyed offering Mindfulness to the community and getting to know the other volunteers and support team at New Pathways.
I wanted to volunteer at New Pathways because they do such excellent work with survivors of sexual violence and wanted to contribute in some way. It’s a pleasure and of deep significance to me to be part of their client’s healing path.
New Pathways has a warm welcome for all volunteers. Not only are you immersed in a wonderful community of people who want to make a positive difference in people’s lives but you are also given the chance to take part in their excellent training services. Since I’ve been with New Pathways I’ve taught Mindfulness classes, facilitated at well-being and mental health events-online and in-person, attended Assist : Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Working with Sexual Violence and Calming the Waves Training. The training has been invaluable, informative, up to date and professionally delivered and I feel lucky to be part of this family.