Put simply, without our amazing volunteers we wouldn’t exist!
A fundamental part of our plans and approach is to co-produce, with the help of our volunteers, what we do. This means listening to what our volunteers say, and then reflecting this in our actions.
Some of our employees started their journey with us as volunteers, and as you read below, you will see that building your skills, self-confidence, and experience, can also help you with finding employment.
What we can offer
We begin our relationship with an informal conversation. Find out a little more about us and we discuss with you what way you would like to be involved and an opportunity to ask questions.
High quality induction training
A chance to gain experience and self-confidence
Ongoing training opportunities
References for future employment
The Mental Health Benefits of Volunteering
Giving something of yourself, and a little of your time, for another person’s benefit, is so good for your mental and physical wellbeing.
Volunteering makes you feel good, and the people you volunteer with too. We need to be, and to feel, useful.
Why is This?
As human beings we inherently do things every day to help others, whether for our own families and children, friends or colleagues. In more recent times, families have become smaller and less extended, and closer knit tribal, and even village style, social communities are rarer than they once were. For our distant ancestors, helping one another was integral to their mutual survival, and the viability of their social groups.
Feeling, and being, useful feeds into all of this, and knowing that we are needed and part of something good and worthwhile, creates and reinforces our positive feelings too. When we do something positive, our bodies sense this is happening and they react positively to it, both psychologically and chemically.
Engaging with other people through volunteering also reduces social isolation, which has been shown to be detrimental to our health. It brings people and communities together.
The arrival of COVID 19, over the last two years, is a good example of all the above. Individuals kick started a sense of community, and communities responded wonderfully. We had it in us, and we always will.