Tom’s story | British Tinnitus Association
Hi, my name is Tom, I’m from Chesterfield, and I’ve been working for the British Tinnitus Association for five months now.
I come to the office every Friday and relish the pleasant environment inside. With the charity, I undertake mostly admin tasks, such as data entry, photocopying and using spreadsheets. I’ve also done some data analytics with them.
Truthfully, I did not find this work myself, it was found for me by another charity called the Autism Centre for Supported Employment. They are a charity who help people with autism find employment, as only 16% of autistic adults are in full-time paid employment. After these five months of working, though, I can say with certainty that I am very pleased that they found this for me. The friendly and supportive team around me make me feel very comfortable and welcome indeed.
Since finishing senior school in 2012, I have been to college, university and done plenty of volunteer work. In college and uni I studied mainly IT, while my volunteer work includes working at a railway station, a church, a care group for the elderly and now a tinnitus charity.
My future goal is an office-based IT job, and I believe all my past work and education is beneficial towards achieving that aim. In my spare time, I am very interested in rail, travel and politics.
Before hearing about the BTA, my knowledge of tinnitus was very limited. Even the pronunciation of tinnitus I was unsure of. But as a result of my volunteering, I now have a much better understanding of how tinnitus affects people’s lives and how difficult it can be.
I also realise what a great support the BTA is to those people trying to cope with their tinnitus. I hope to carry on working with the BTA for as long as I can.
If you would like to find out more about the volunteer roles we have available, both in the office and across the UK, please contact Emily Ducker on 0114 250 9933 or [email protected]