Helen's story I was made redundant from my last job and with two small children I was struggling to find paid employment that was flexible enough to meet the demands of my family. After 3 years out of work, my confidence dropped and I was worried I would lose some of the IT and communication skills I previously used regularly. A friend had seen an advert and encouraged me to volunteer for POhWER, so after meeting with the team I agreed to attend 3 mornings a week volunteering in the HertsHelp hub. Although I was very nervous, they made me feel so welcome and put me at ease straight away. I leant lots about the different services offered and felt I was really contributing to the support of people accessing HertsHelp and my colleagues. After 6 months volunteering with POhWER, a vacancy came up in the HertsHelp team and I was successful in achieving a paid role. I know there’s never any guarantees of a paid job when you volunteer, but the skills, knowledge and experience I gained were key in boosting my confidence and bringing my working practices up to date Whatever the reasons, I would really recommend volunteering with POhWER.