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Gillian’s Story

 

Volunteering with Kaleyard has completely changed my life in more ways than one. Not only do I have a role I love but it has changed me as a person in several ways.

After a few tough years and being in a dark place for a long time, I was at a crossroads and really didn’t know which direction to take. I could go back to doing what I know or I could try something new to me.

It was at this point that I had a chat with Sumayya and when she explained to me about the amazing work Kaleyard do for the community and what they have planned for the
future. That was when I decided I wanted to be involved somehow.

I have always been passionate about food and I love to cook. Through some very difficult times my kitchen was a place I could switch off and just focus on baking or trying out
some new recipes. I really didn’t think I had the skills or experience to do what made me happy as a career.

Over the past 3 months I have been helping at Kaleyard, along with some amazing other volunteers, in any way needed, from cleaning and painting the new permanent premises
at Toryglen Community base to helping with community classes and catering jobs.

I think I can easily say that Kaleyard has helped me more than I have helped them. I was so shocked to meet some amazing genuinely lovely people who gave up their time daily
just to help others. It really has changed my outlook on life and made me realize that being involved or doing something that makes you happy is way more important than
anything else.

I couldn’t be happier than I am just now, a full-time part of the Kaleyard team and have taken on the role as General Manager.  I’m so excited to be part of the amazing work
Kaleyard does and can’t wait to help Kaleyard grow.

To think I started just as a volunteer to see how it went to now getting up every day and doing something that really makes a difference to people’s life’s is just amazing. And finally feels for me that it has given me the opportunity to finally be part of something that helps make a difference.


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