I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder four years ago. My last job ended badly. I’d got depressed and everything felt pointless. My confidence was rock bottom.
A job agency suggested volunteering at FST. The first day was hectic. I was given the role of barrista and had to learn how to do the coffees. It took me a bit of time getting the milk froth just right for the lattes and cappuccinos. I like the responsibility of dealing with customers – it’s a challenge.
At FST they are patient and don’t jump down my neck if I do something wrong. My manager has shown me the finances and the cashing up on the computer – it’s not part of my core barrista work but it’s a useful insight into the business. I think my prospects of finding work have improved. I’ve got a reference and the voluntary work is a big boost to my CV.
The difference between how I am now and back then is that now I’m an outgoing, confident person. People at FST rely on me and that makes me feel worth something. I finish here at the end of the day and I feel relaxed and happy that I’ve done a day’s work.
Names have been changed.