The Supported Volunteer Project gives people a concrete opportunity to make informed decisions, not only about volunteering, but also about education, social interaction, inclusion and personal development. Many health and social care organisations refer their clients because of the beneficial impact, and also because coming to us is an important step to test individuals readiness towards being independently active in their community.
Our core services are:
Each applicant has the chance to discuss volunteering opportunities, whilst feeling comfortable and safe. We give people the time and the support needed to truly analyse their preferences and skills. Most people come to us feeling overwhelmed by the number of opportunities and unable to make a choice. We support them in investigating their real potential and addressing the issues which may have been stopping them volunteering before. We are also able to offer
- Support with applications,
- Accompanied visits to organisations
- Travel training
- Help with preparation for interviews
We aim to keep in touch with our clients in order to act as a point of reference for any further advice.
Group workshops and presentations
We introduce the voluntary sector and our work to client groups with different needs and encourage them to get involved. We help people to develop an action plan and their individual objectives so they can become active members of their community.
Training opportunities and "Get ready to volunteer" workshops
These focus on overcoming the barriers and enable those people further away from volunteering to build their confidence and resilience. We aim to give our participants the tools they need to access the voluntary sector at a pace that suits them.
Guidance and advice for those in working support roles
We work with support workers and settings on how to help their clients find the right voluntary work. We visit day centres, hospital wards or supported living accommodation to discuss the benefits of volunteering and the possible roles individuals could pursue.
We support over 200 people per year. The large majority of people who have accessed the project are now volunteering and/or are in education; some have progressed into employment.