I Needed to be Needed
During my recovery I did lots of volunteering, following this link will take you to a page describing some of the roles I became involved in (beyond the following short summaries).
I worked with the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) in a simple befriending role (see link) for the elderly and the infirm. I met a lot of new people and discovered that whatever problems I had were seemingly no more challenging than what normal folk had to deal with. I considered myself a reasonably intelligent guy, but I hadn't properly understood what empathy meant until I became involved with the RVS.
As I gained more confidence from my RVS experience, matters developed into me doing voluntary work as an 'IT buddy' at the local library, where I nominally used some of my skills as an IT professional. The truth is that I used more of the skills unwittingly developed in my RVS role where I'd learned how to empathise and listen. Some people would come in with an appointment to learn how to send an email or use a price comparison website, but it quickly changed into them talking about their own life challenges - be it physical disability, dementia or terminal cancer. A significant number of the people I saw would ask to see me by name the following week, this gave me satisfaction that I was really helping.
After returning to professional work in July 2017, I continued for a further two two years before retiring in July 2019. I've published information (see link) which describes some of the work I've been involved in post-retirement, it's necessary to scroll down to the "My Future" section on the page.
I put together a web page containing some of my random thoughts about the NHS, which you can view by following this link.
The Goal of This Web Site
My goal isn’t 1,000 views or 100 likes. My goal is one person, anywhere, who gains strength or inspiration or hope from what I have shared.
Useful Resources I Learned of...
www.samaritans.org Helping people at a difficult time.
Citizens Advice Bureau
www.citizensadvice.org.uk Assistance in benefits and work.
www.headway.org.uk Supporting people with head injury, and their families.
Age Concern \ Help the Aged
www.ageuk.org.uk Assisting older people.
Royal Voluntary Service
www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk Supporting people in need.
www.do-it.org A database of volunteering opportunities in any given area.
www.brainline.org All about brain injury and coping with it.
www.aftertrauma.org Supporting survivors and their families after trauma.