From 01 to 12 June it’s Volunteers’ Week, an annual event to celebrate the contribution of millions of volunteers across the UK. At MS-UK, we simply couldn’t continue our vital work without the dedicated support of our volunteers. In this blog, we’re shining a light on Brendan’s story…
Brendan is a volunteer at Josephs Court, our Wellness Centre. What motivates him to give up his time to support those affected by multiple sclerosis?
With a military background, Brendan worked in the medical corps for many years before retraining with support from Help for Heroes. Brendan wanted to become a personal trainer, with a specific focus on people with disabilities, and spent 12 weeks last year volunteering at Josephs Court on a placement.
‘I originally came to Josephs Court because I was looking for a non-conventional gym as part of my placement,’ says Brendan. ‘I wanted to help people.’
Six months later, Brendan is still here. ‘Once I was qualified I decided to stay. I’d found the work rewarding and built up a good rapport with the client base.’
Brendan supports clients during their exercise routines, which are specially tailored to help build up strength and muscle tone and improve general fitness. Josephs Court also acts as a social hub, providing people living with MS and other neurological conditions with a place to socialise and relax, with trained staff always on hand to support clients to live life to the full.
‘Interacting with clients is the most satisfying part of my role,’ says Brendan. ‘Seeing improvements in their physical and emotional wellbeing is so rewarding.’