How volunteering helped me survive

Paul Turvey of Luton at the Foodbank
Paul Turvey of Luton at the Foodbank

A 49-year-old Luton man says he owes his life to volunteering for Luton Foodbank.

Paul Turvey of Dallow said he was at his lowest ebb last year: “I hadn’t had a job for 10 years, I had chronically low self esteem and spent my days at home eating, watching TV and feeling sorry for himself.”

Then he contacted the council’s volunteer scheme which has been running since 2011. It gives people an opportunity to gain valuable experience while givng something back to the community.

Paul started volunteering at the Foodbank four hours a week and enjoyed it so much he was soon doing seven hours a day.

“I was quite shy at first,” he recalled. “But I loved the work. It was great knowing that the job I was doing was making a real difference to people’s lives.”

When a permanent vacancy came up, Paul applied and was given the post. He now works as a full-time warehouse operative and van driver.

He said: “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for volunteering, It has changed my life.”

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