Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June, celebrating the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. Jane Robinson from Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme CIO tells us more about the valuable work their volunteers offer the Scheme and what volunteering means to those volunteering and those helped by volunteers.
Cross Gates and District Good Neighbours’ Scheme CIO, a Neighbourhood Network Scheme in Leeds, works with and for older people to:
- Reduce loneliness and isolation
- Support independence
- Promote healthy lifestyles
- Try new things
Our volunteer team give a generous level of commitment and hands-on service to the Scheme, without which many of our activities could not run. We have 995 members and are fortunate enough to have over 90 people who regularly volunteer with us at the Scheme. Volunteer roles include:
- Dementia support
- Group support workers
Benefits of volunteering
Volunteering has lots of benefits for individuals, communities and organisations. People who volunteer gain confidence, learn new skills and develop a real sense of belonging to their communities whilst helping to improve the quality of life for local people. We offer regular training and volunteer ‘socials’ to all the people who help us provide our events and activities every day.
Sylvia Bartlet, one of our Lunch Club volunteers said: “I heard about this place through a friend at bowling and now work with her at the Lunch Club. I recommend volunteering as it is a good feeling giving something back to the community – who knows when I might need it myself!”
John Fardell, another volunteer said: “I started volunteering for an outlet and a bit of involvement; I’m not sure what I expected. I enjoy the hustle and bustle when I come here and think it’s amazing how much goes on.”
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