Philip Singh - Volunteer Manager with Countryside Services
Philip Singh from Calderdale says he wouldn’t be where he is today without volunteering. He describes how being a volunteer for Calderdale Council helped to transform his life.
“After finishing my degree in Zoology, I couldn’t work for a long time due to ill health. Once I’d recovered, I started volunteering with Calderdale Council’s Countryside and Woodlands team as a way to regain a sense of normality and get back into working life.
I’d always wanted to work in countryside management and that’s where my skills are. I helped out with a range of tasks like planting trees, building bridges and managing habitats. It really built my confidence, gave me valuable work experience, I met lots of new people and kept myself fit.
A year later, I applied for a job at the Council as Volunteer Co-ordinator for the Countryside and Woodlands team. I was thrilled to get the job! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the skills I developed whilst volunteering.
I’m currently managing about 70 volunteers, who do lots of great work to help keep Calderdale so beautiful. We always welcome more volunteers from all backgrounds.”
Calderdale Council services regularly host groups of volunteers from local businesses. Lloyds Banking Group told us about their experience in May 2016.
''Well what a fun day the Retail Cost Management Team had at Manor Heath Park, Halifax.
It was a splendidly sunny day to be washing down walls and painting the old rugby changing rooms at the top of the park. These rooms are used many by local teams. It was great to see the place freshened up and the difference we made.
Manor Heath Park is an incredibly pretty park on the edge of Halifax, which also has a wonderful garden section with greenhouses full of plants which supply central Halifax with various floral displays and hanging baskets.
A fruitful, fun day.”