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"We are pleased that by donating this furniture to Giving World Online we are helping good causes and preventing landfill," Hilary Fryer, Charnwood Borough Council Cabinet Member for the Environment.


“This helps both businesses and communities and is an excellent and unique concept,” Martin Traynor, Chief Executive, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.


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case studies > A small step for everyman, a giant leap for Sohail


Our volunteers come to us from local social referral units. We have cohorts who come with quite complex learning disabilities and also cohorts who are recovering from mental ill health.

They stay for 8 weeks where they are supported and highly nurtured to achieve their personal goals.

Sohail Khalfa came to us for one of our 8 week programmes. Sohail's biggest challenge was lack of self-esteem. Sohail loved the idea that he was packing goods to help people in more vulnerable situations than he was.

Sohail's confidence began to grow, so much so that he volunteered to be a team leader. It also became apparent that Sohail was making friends. By the end of the programme Sohail was also travelling independently for the first time, which was utterly liberating for him, and completely opened up his world to new possibilities. Possibilities that he thought would be forever closed to him.

Sohail has always been interested in sport; indeed he has been passionate about sport from a young age. However his disability has prevented him from participating.

As Sohail's confidence grew, so did his ability to see that he might just be able to get a job and in an area that he was most passionate about: sport.

An interview was arranged with the Leicester Tigers as a programme seller, and after working really hard practicing handling money and giving the right change, Sohail was given a week's trial.

Sohail is now a permanent fixture down at the Leicester Tigers selling programmes.

He is now seeking out study opportunities to enable him to eventually become a sports coach for young people with similar disabilities to him.

While we could never detract from just how much Sohail achieved all by himself, his support worker really does think that his time at Giving World was the catalyst for such positive change in his life.

For many more, coming to Giving World for volunteering is not just an 8 week programme, it's a seriously life-changing and life-enhancing experience.

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