Here we are at the end of volunteers week. I hope that all of our volunteers have felt seen, heard and valued, as they always are. I also hope that some of you who have not thought about volunteering in the past might be inspired to join us.
The impact our volunteers have on our members is huge. We currently have almost 200 people signed up to receive support, and around 50 volunteers. Some of those volunteers work behind the scenes, helping out with things such as IT, admin, and social media. Some are ad hoc, helping us with events, or photography, or editing the occasional video for us. Other volunteers are our counsellors – a mix of qualified counsellors and students on placement. Lastly, we have our group volunteers to run our two kinds of groups – support and social spaces.
So my blog for the end of volunteers week is short and sweet. Would you like to be a volunteer for us? Do you know anyone who might? Our volunteers help our members, just by listening and accepting them, with their mental health. We regularly get messages from our members saying that we changed their lives, saved them even. Isn’t that worth three hours of your month, across one or two evenings, plus initial training? We work with a group who experience more exclusion in society than most. Come and join us, and you can be part of reducing that feeling for those that we support.
I will leave you with a quote from a current member, who came to us in distress and is getting close to no longer needing us:
“You gave me the confidence to go out and live my life, you helped me enormously in living my life after five decades of living to others’ demands. It’s hard going at times, but just being myself is everything to me and I love it. Thank you for everything when I was at my lowest ebb.”