At our Julian House Bike Workshop in Trowbridge , we have been very fortunate to be able to induct Toby into the volunteer team. Before making the decision to start volunteering on a regular basis, Toby successfully completed both the Build-a-Bike course and work placement scheme with the help of Sandra, our Employment Support Worker, and workshop staff. Toby came to the project from a difficult place, having been homeless and experiencing drug and alcohol misuse. With the support of Julian House staff, and his probation officer, as well as a personal drive to make a change, he has gone from strength to strength.
He has said that the programme has enabled him to gain structure in his daily life, providing a realistic goal and purpose. He has also gained key life skills that he hopes to build on as a volunteer. Toby will also be supporting the Build-a-Bike service user sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday, giving back valuable time and skills to Julian House. We are very fortunate to have him on the team, and wish him all the best for the future!