Volunteering – a stepping stone back into employment

Having been made unemployed during the height of the recession, Paul was lost as to what to do next. After seeing if retirement suited him, he realised that he wanted to get back into a working routine and wanted to give something back.

Paul had heard about Gateway’s volunteer programme with University Hospital Birmingham through his neighbour and decided that it was for him, signing up as soon as possible to help cardio patients to recover and rehabilitate.

Here he talks about his experience of being made redundant and finding his volunteering placement.


Paul now works with Gateway as a Support Worker, helping others to find employment or training, just as he did.