Sheffield pensioner forced to retire after stroke ‘given purpose in life’ by volunteering

Anne Griffin outside Sheffield cathedral where she volunteers
Anne Griffin outside Sheffield cathedral where she volunteers
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A Sheffield pensioner who started volunteering after a stroke forced her to retire says the experience has changed her life.

Anne Griffin, aged 69, from Manor, had to retire from her admin job after her stroke.

She has told how helping Sheffield Cathedral has restored her confidence and given her a purpose again – and she has encouraged others to do the same to mark national Volunteers Week.

She said: “I started volunteering last October after I had a stroke, which meant I was forced to retire.

“I lost my confidence when I was no longer able to work.

“I didn’t feel able to carry on with a job any more. I foolishly retired because I didn’t feel I would be any use to anybody – I thought I would be more of a hindrance than a help.

“But I got fed up of being at home 24/7. And I’m a people person, I like being helpful.

“I went to the Volunteer Centre on Rockingham Lane and they referred me to the cathedral, where I volunteer on the front desk as a greeter three days per week.

“It was a way for me to continue to help people.

“It’s given me my confidence back. I was beginning to feel like my personality was changing because I wasn’t mixing with people.

“I felt as though I had something to give again, confidence and a purpose in life. Somewhere to come.

“I would encourage anyone else to do it because it’s so rewarding.”