Celebrating Volunteers Week!
As part of Volunteersâ€™ Week, which runs from 1-7 June, Action East Devon wants to say a big â€˜thank youâ€™ to volunteers who have made a real difference to the community and the people they work with.
Action East Devon currently supports nearly 10,000 individuals and more than 530 groups through its work in East Devon and surrounding localities. Last year nearly 200 volunteers dedicated around 7000 hours of their time to help vulnerable people who need a little extra support, through projects run by Action East Devon for young people who are experiencing mental health issues, carers, and older people.
Charlotte Hanson, Chief Executive at Action East Devon said, â€œVolunteersâ€™ week is a great way of saying 'thank you' to the people who give up their time so generously to help others. Many organisations and projects benefit from the input and commitment of volunteers who make such a difference to the lives of so many people. This ranges from older people who, without one of the many visiting and befriending services, could slip further into isolation; to younger people who grow in confidence as a result of peer support sessions hosted by volunteers.â€
Volunteering also offers people the chance to give something back to their community and make a difference to the people around them. It also provides an opportunity to develop new skills, experience and knowledge; increase employment prospects; and get to know the local community. A volunteer who supports young people through the peer support service run by Action East Devon said; â€œI volunteer because of the young people I meet. To be privileged to hear their stories and trusted to be a part of their lives is worth more than any salary.â€
Arthur Harman, an experienced volunteer with Action East Devonâ€™s older peopleâ€™s visiting scheme said, â€œI was well briefed prior to participating in home visits, very well-prepared both at interview and training. I was given a good solid introduction to the remit of the role including its boundaries and limits. Support from the volunteer coordinator was always there.â€If you are interested in finding out more about the projects we run at Action East Devon and how you can get involved in volunteering,