Disability charity wants volunteers for Wellingborough and Kettering youth clubs

Matthew Pack, from Irthlingborough, was among those celebrating International Volunteer Day last week. Matthew, who is blind, volunteers at disability charity Papworth Trust
Matthew Pack, from Irthlingborough, was among those celebrating International Volunteer Day last week. Matthew, who is blind, volunteers at disability charity Papworth Trust

Disability charity Papworth Trust is celebrating its volunteers having given up more than 48,000 hours of their time in just a year.

The charity, based in the East of England, also says it is recruiting for roles helping out at its youth clubs in Kettering and Wellingborough.

Charity workers are also marking International Volunteer Day tomorrow (Friday, December 5). Volunteers help in a variety of roles, at youth clubs for young disabled people and delivering hot meals to people in the community.

Matthew Pack, from Irthlingborough, started volunteering at the Trust’s employment office in Wellingborough in February 2014. He volunteers once a week as a receptionist, answering phone calls and emailing messages. Matthew, who is blind, uses specialist software to help him do this, which has speech and Braille features.

He said: “I enjoy volunteering. It’s rewarding and I like doing something worthwhile.

“I started volunteering to build up my experience, as I was finding it hard to find work opportunities. I like having a routine and meeting new people.”

David Martin, director of external relations at the Papworth Trust, said: “Our volunteers are very important to us. We really value and appreciate the contribution they make supporting disabled people and our staff. Thank you to everyone who has given their time, knowledge and commitment to help our work.”

For more information about helping the Papworth Trust click here, email volunteering@papworthtrust.org.uk or call 0800 952 5000.