Fran Smith – Petrus Hub breakfast volunteer.

Fran Smith – Petrus Hub breakfast volunteer.


“At the end of 2014, I was put onto JSA after 20years of being a stay at home mum. My jobcentre advisor suggested I look at volunteering as a way to ease myself into the job market and referred me to CVS in Rochdale. I looked at several opportunities and decided I would like to do something in catering. CVS put me in touch with Petrus Hub who had opportunities for breakfast volunteers.

I was contacted by Liz who arranged for me to visit the project and to discuss what I would like to get involved in. I was really nervous and apprehensive as I hadn’t worked for such a long time. Liz put me at ease and made me feel welcome. we then arranged for me to do a taster session so I could decide if volunteering for Petrus suited me. I was worried that I would struggle with the routine and whether I could do the job.

I did my taster session and felt much better once I had met other staff and volunteers. They helped put my mind at ease and showed me how to carry out certain tasks. I decided that I did want to stay on as a volunteer.

I have been volunteering for 5 months now and I enjoy it so much. I do 2hours every Monday to Friday.Every day is different and I really feel part of a team. I feel like I am doing something useful and I know that the staff appreciate what I do. I have learnt a lot along the way and I think I am more patient and have a better understanding of the difficulties some people face. I like meeting the new characters that come in to breakfast. I feel like my confidence has had a boost too. I am doing a typing course in Manchester and will be starting an IT course in September. I am looking for a job and feel ready for work. I do hope that I can carry on volunteering as long as I can!”


Our Volunteers

This is what our volunteers have to say on their experiences…

“I am a middle aged lady who is semi-retired.  After an active working life I found myself with too much spare time on my hands with the onset of boredom creeping in.”

“I volunteer one morning per week and have benefited greatly.  I have met lots of new people from all walks of life.  I feel I have discovered hidden talents such as the ability to listen.”

“As a volunteer at Petrus I feel part of a team both appreciated and valued by staff and the people who use Petrus.” – Julie, women’s intervention group volunteer.

“Basically I really enjoy being with good people and learning new skills. It’s never boring. It’s a really good laugh. I am boosting my CV, collecting certificates and meeting the community.” – Denis, Green Gym volunteer.

“Besides supporting service users, it has helped me with my self confidence.”

“It’s so interesting. I really enjoy being able to do something I want to do rather than something I have to do.”

Below is a short film explaining the impact of volunteers.

5 Reasons to Volunteer at Petrus

Petrus values all volunteers and recognises them as an vital part of the service we offer. Read below for 5 reasons people enjoy volunteering for us.

The five best things about volunteering with Petrus (according to our volunteers) are:

  1. It gives me self worth.
  2. It’s interesting.
  3. My own life skills are recognised as a quality.
  4. Socially it is really good- I’ve made lots of friends.
  5. I enjoy it! We believe that volunteering with us provides a unique opportunity to make a difference as well as a great learning experience for you.Click below for an application form if you are interested in volunteering with us:
    Application Form