Why Kyle became a volunteer

"I'm getting work experience as part of my rehabilitation."

Kyle Collier was treated by Colchester Hospital’s, neuro-rehabilitation team following a serious head injury. When looking for some work experience, the hospital was his first choice. To understand how volunteering has helped his recovery, read on…

Here in the charity team, we are in the fortunate position of meeting those who want to give back to the hospitals that gave them such great care. Appreciative patients do not only give donations of money, they also gift us the value of their time. There is lots of research to suggest that being able to give back can be extremely beneficial to those who are healing or in recovery.

You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Volunteering can also give you a sense of pride and identity. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals. One of our most recent volunteer recruits is one such person.

Kyle Collier was involved in a serious accident a few years back and suffered a debilitating head injury. After the accident, he was treated by the neuro-rehabilitation team at Colchester Hospital who helped with the recovery and rehabilitation of his right hand. As part of his recovery, Kyle has been working with a vocational rehabilitation specialist who suggested to Kyle that he might like to undertake some volunteering in order to gain some experience of the workplace.

Kyle had become a little socially isolated after his accident. The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person.

Kyle thought of the hospital straight away. Kyle said “When I had the chance to take part in some work experience I thought of the hospital first because they helped me so much after my accident. It’s really good for me as I have done something different every week. I’ve been enjoying helping out with whatever needs doing.”

Community fundraising manager, Angie Tillett who works with Kyle said “Since Kyle has been volunteering for us his confidence has really grown. He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in! We’re only a small team so his help has made a real difference and we are so grateful.”

The volunteers in the charity team help out with a wide variety of tasks from marshalling at a fun run, helping at bake sales, collecting at supermarkets or carrying out admin at the office. We’d be lost without them and we always love to hear from anyone who’d like to give some time to help us out.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please drop us a line: charity@esneft.nhs.uk