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Phil Tresadern is making a difference

26 Jun 2014

I help to support vulnerable and marginalised people in Manchester

Making a difference

I am a volunteer and trustee of Lifeshare – a charity based in Manchester that supports vulnerable people including those who are homeless or at risk of exploitation. Lifeshare provides both long-term, year-round support with finance, accommodation and medical care, and short-term, emergency services such as a Weekend Breakfast Club and a daytime drop-in shelter over Christmas.

My work at Lifeshare ranges from washing pots and cleaning toilets, through chatting to clients and supervising new volunteers at Christmas, to working with other Board members to set policy and draft applications for funding. It’s certainly a varied job!

Like many others, I first started by volunteering at Christmas while looking for ways in which I could use my free time to benefit others. Like many others, I enjoyed working with Lifeshare so much I wanted to get more involved throughout the year and, after working on the Weekend Breakfast Club for 18 months, I joined the Board of Trustees.

Volunteering is a great way to develop new skills and meet new people, all while doing something that really helps people and gives back to the local community. It really is a win-win situation and I’ve never looked back.

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