March 24, 2016 | Tony Jowlett
I first came in to contact with PFNZ via the Community Fusion Project which was run in conjunction with WINZ and the Upper Hutt City Council. I was looking for employment at the time after a long layoff due to ill health. The Community Fusion project offered the chance to build up a work history and try something different and I found myself working the afternoon shift in the temporary call centre at Head Office.
I really enjoyed the experience. I was initially signed on for only a month but stayed on for an extra month until the end of the project. After the project finished I offered to stay on at PFNZ as a volunteer.
I would have to say that working at Head Office has been a real pleasure and eye opener, it is a rare thing to find yourself working with a group of dedicated and professional people who put people before the almighty dollar, a concept that I suspect Donald Trump has never considered.
As the office heathen, I have felt accepted and not excluded and I have thoroughly enjoyed making a contribution to PFNZ Angel Tree programme and have found it to be an invaluable experience and I would encourage others in my situation to take up voluntary work if they find themselves unemployed and over fifty in a rather bleak job market.