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Become a volunteer mentor and make a difference

A Lincolnshire woman who is helping others to enjoy the benefits of volunteering whilst doing it herself is urging others to get involved too.

Volunteering can aid self esteem, well being, increase your social circle and be a useful stepping stone to a future goal such as employment or improved mental health.

Retired Jaye Adams (64), a former CCTV operator and courts security officer, of Cherry Holt Lane, Pinchbeck, supports Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) as a volunteer mentor, providing support on a one-to-one basis to help others take the first steps into volunteering. LCVS is seeking to recruit others to similar roles in Boston, East Lindsey, South Holland and South Kesteven.

Jaye said: "I just wanted to make a difference and try and help someone.

"I'd recommend volunteering 100 per cent. It's a big challenge but each time you get over a hurdle it's more satisfying.

"This role has given me an insight into how to support people with mental health issues.

"It's a nice feeling knowing you've made a difference to someone and you've made their day a little bit better. It makes me feel so good to see a smile on my mentee's face."

LCVS - the charity that runs Volunteer Centres in Spalding, Boston, Louth and Grantham - currently has capacity to recruit further volunteer mentors and champions.

Volunteering Champions, attend events, meeting people and promoting the benefits of volunteering.

Ruth Copleston, LCVS senior operations officer, said: "Volunteering is well proven to offer a wide variety of health and well being benefits and can increase job prospects too.

"We're looking to recruit people who want to access all those benefits themselves and tell others about them.

"These are roles for people who really want to make a difference to individuals and their local communities."

No experience is necessary and training will be provided. These roles provide great work experience and any time you can give will be welcomed.

LCVS keeps a database of available voluntary roles to suit all interests, ranging from administration to animal welfare.

If you're interested in volunteering in any capacity contact LCVS via enquiry@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or call 01205 510888 and select your local office from the options offered.