Volunteering with Hull CVS can improve your quality of life

Published: Friday 3rd February 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Hull Community and Voluntary Services work to support the sustainable development of crucial groups across Hull.

Formed in 1981, Hull CVS links individuals and groups that want to dedicate time to a cause with organisations requiring volunteers.

We spoke to Grants Officer Jayne Robinson to find out a little bit more about the work that they do.

“We support small voluntary and community-led groups in a number of ways,” explains Jayne.

“Whilst offering advice and guidance to those looking to take on volunteers, we also deliver small grants programmes for new and existing projects and groups. Simultaneously, we help volunteers to get involved with organisations and projects.”

Hull CVS aims to bring people together and promote the valuable work of Hull’s voluntary and community opportunities.

“We aid the development of new groups and support their services to improve their work. This enables them to have a voice.”

“Our Volunteer Centre in Hull runs a range of targeted projects to support and promote volunteering,” explains the Grants Officer.

The Centre provides a range of information for those looking to volunteer. This includes linking individuals with relevant interests, skills and knowledge to appropriate projects. Meanwhile, organisations receive support with managing their teams of volunteers.

“We offer help to hundreds of people each year,” adds Jayne.

Volunteering not only benefits those in need, but also those who donate their time to help out. Jayne details why holding a volunteer role can massively improve your quality of life:

“On the one hand, we have a number of students from the university and college who are in need of work experience. On the other hand, volunteering can reduce the feeling of isolation experienced by people of all ages.”

Getting involved in community projects has significant advantages for the volunteer, as well as those who receive the help and support.

At the moment, Hull CVS are running The Switch Project, a targeted initiative to place volunteers with those in need of housing. Tackling homelessness head-on, Switch is a great project to get on board with.

Meanwhile, people transitioning between hostels or supported accommodation could benefit hugely from the support of a Switch mentor.

“Switch provides ongoing supervision, training and support to volunteers,” says Jayne. “They are then matched with anyone in housing need who would benefit from the input of a mentor.”

“Currently, we are looking for volunteers to help us support our organisations and the thousands of people they assist.”

All Hull CVS opportunities can be found on the national volunteering website do-it.org.co.uk.

“We have several roles available, including becoming a lifestyle coach for children and families, helping out at the Alzheimer Cafe, working in local parks and gardens, and mentoring homeless individuals.”

Hull CVS are also looking to launch an Introduction to Volunteering course within the next few months: “This will prepare people for volunteer positions in a number of ways, teaching them what to expect and building their confidence.”

The course will include a weekly two-hour session over eleven weeks, where pupils can learn about the world of volunteering. At the end of the course, a graduation ceremony will take place and volunteers can then apply for their first role.

“We believe that volunteering promotes justice, equality and improved quality of life,” says Jayne. “If you want to get involved, get in touch today.”

Ready to find out more? Call Hull CVS on 01482 324474 to book a 20-minute one-to-one appointment at their Volunteer Centre.

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Published: Friday 3rd February 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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