Volunteering at CSNW : People Pathway

26th March 2020

We have lots of amazing Volunteers at Community Solutions, all of them helping to play a part in our vital work and improving the lives of those who need it most. On completion of their training, our Volunteers usually choose one of three pathways to take: People Pathway, Elmfield Hall Pathway or Digital Pathway.

We are always looking for new volunteers to assist us at Community Solutions. Volunteers undertaking our People Pathway may carry out duties such as leading group activities, telephone befriending, one to one befriending and much more.

Here’s a little bit about two of our volunteers and what they do at Community Solutions:

Steven

Steven is one of our volunteers who helps out at our men’s group. He also drives our minibus to make sure people who can’t drive can get to our groups. Here’s a little bit from Steven when we asked him some questions.

I found out about Community Solutions through an organisation which I think is called First Contact, in the Arndale shopping plaza. I chose to volunteer because I believe I have a very good life and I want to give something back.  My aim is to bring a little bit of happiness to people’s lives and make them easier if I can.

My role at CSNW includes driving, befriending and supporting the Men’s Group and I’m always ready to support in artistic ways if required.

Volunteering makes me feel better and that I have helped in some way.  It is not always immediately obvious that what I do makes a positive impact, but every now and again someone will say something that makes it worthwhile. I would definitely recommend volunteering, though I realise it is not for everyone. In my own experience volunteering is completely positive and a great way to give back to the community.

Kirsty

Kirsty is one of our Nelson Befrienders and helps out at our Nelson group on a Wednesday.

I volunteer as a group befriender at the Nelson Group and I love it. Everyone is lovely and we get along very well. I found out about Community Solutions when I was volunteering at the venue when the Nelson Group was established and decided to help out in the group.

The reason I volunteer is that I like helping other people, and also like broadening my skills and knowledge and learning from others, it’s great. . I get a sense of achievement after helping others it’s really rewarding. I think everybody is different and they all get something different out of volunteering but I think that everyone should start volunteering most definitely.

We value all of our volunteers and provide all the necessary training and support to enable you to effectively carry out your role. Opportunities exist for people over 18, whether you are working, unemployed, retired or studying. It does not matter how much time you have to offer, you can volunteer as little as an hour a month, up to 35 hours per week.

If you would like to volunteer please ring in on 01254 460080 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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