Hi, I’m Rianna and I’m a single parent to four children.
I suffered from depression and anxiety and spent a lot of time at home by myself. I decided I wanted to get out and do something, not just for me but for my family. I plucked up the courage to apply for a volunteer position at the Autism Plus charity shop as I shopped there from time to time.
I’m so happy I was brave enough to do this as it has built my confidence up. I have gone from volunteering one day a week to three days a week, five hours a day, while my children are at school.
I no longer suffer from anxiety and depression. I absolutely love coming to volunteer and thoroughly enjoy my days in the shop. The staff and volunteers are very friendly and make me feel relaxed and confident. I love being able to serve the customers and help do the window displays. I am grateful to have had this opportunity to learn new skills which I know will help when I apply for paid employment.
"I never thought we would ever see (family member) choose shopping and put it in a trolley in the supermarket, or go to a carvery and get things put on their plate, but this is happening."Donate Today