The Difference Volunteers Make To Link Up Whitfield
Each day over Volunteers Week, we will be featuring a different charity or other non-profit organisation that relies on the help of volunteers. In their words, you will hear what these organistions do and the difference volunteers make to them.
Today, we hear from Link Up Whitfield. Read all about them below. If you would like to volunteer with Link Up, contact Gill on 01382 690950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell us about your organisation/project. Who do you help and in what way?
We are a community project that uses the strengths of people and their community to create groups and clubs in which people can participate, contribute and have fun. All of the groups we currently support started with either a small group of people or an individual who had an idea that they wanted help with in their community.
The groups we have just now are gardening group, walking group, Whitfield Camera Club, baking group, teenage drop in, Snack & Chat community Café, UneekLinx dance group, Krazy Krew ASN Family Group, Music Is Medicine recovery friendly guitar group, arts and crafts group, monthly bingo, men’s group, cinema club and we will shortly be launching our food larder and drop in. We also have one off events and family drop ins during the holidays!
We also now have a steering group of local people Link Up Together who meet to discuss issues they would like to tackle in their local community.
What difference do volunteers make to your organisation/project?
Our groups wouldn’t run without our volunteers. All of our groups are run by volunteers with our support and guidance. Link Up Whitfield is only successful with the help of our volunteers, from developing new groups, running groups, being part of our steering group or even helping us with some admin!
The volunteering roles we currently have are: gardening assistant, walk leader, camera club assistant, bingo caller, baking group leader, teenage drop in volunteer, community café volunteer, community café committee member, dance leader, arts and crafts leader, guitar leader, cinema club projectionist, cinema club helper, admin volunteer, holiday and event volunteer, ASN group volunteer to name but a few!!
Tell us why volunteering for your organisation/project would be of benefit to an individual?
Volunteering with Link Up helps to build confidence, learn new skills, perhaps help with experience for college or uni applications or to help get into a job. To have fun and meet new people! Here’s what some of our volunteers have said
“Link Up began as just somewhere to go, but I now feel that I am part of Link Up”
“Now I want to do more and give others who are isolated somewhere to go instead of being in our homes. To meet new friends and help support each other”
“This gets me out the house. I used to just sit there with the kids…This gives me motivation”
If no-one volunteered, where would you be?