This week saw the new volunteers start here at Gateway. A really diverse bunch, the one thing they have in common is their desire to work with people who need some support in their own communities.
Once they’re out and about, the volunteers will be working as befrienders – offering a friendly face, a bit of a helping hand, some information about local services,going along to groups with people, help with shopping – whatever those who are feeling isolated need!
In the meantime, they’ve started work on the Employability course they’ll all complete as part of their training – a recognised qualification which, along with the work experience provided by volunteering, really helps enhance their readiness for work. Next week they’ll be working with our Health Trainers and Pregnancy Outreach Workers to get a feel for how they can best support their clients, after that, it’s up to you.
If you know anyone who you think might benefit from a befriender, someone who can support them at home or in getting out and about, someone who can let them know about groups in their area and go along with them to those groups, go out walking with someone or just sit with them at home and share a cuppa, then please contact Chelsea Gaffey on either firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 456 7820.