Volunteers Week 2017
It’s Volunteers Week 2017, a national campaign celebrating the difference volunteers make, and Care for the Carers is taking this opportunity to thank all of its volunteers for their hard work and dedication.
Jennifer Twist, Chief Executive Officer at Care for the Carers, said: “We would like to celebrate all our volunteers for the huge difference they make to local carers’ lives
“From our Carer Ambassadors to our Trustees, all our volunteers do a fantastic job and make a big difference to Care for the Carers’ work.
“We would encourage anyone thinking about volunteering to get in touch with us to find out how they can get involved and help support local carers.”
As well as being rewarding and worthwhile, volunteering can also provide people with the necessary skills and experience to gain paid employment.
Two volunteers, Tim Kinsella and Sarah Merrick, talk about their experiences of volunteering with Care for the Carers.
Tim Kinsella, Information Hub Assistant
Tim is a volunteer Information Hub Assistant at the Care for the Carers and Age UK East Sussex Information and Advice Centre in Hastings.
As an Information Hub Assistant, Tim is the first point of contact for visitors and telephone enquiries, providing members of the public with information about Age UK East Sussex and Care for the Carers.
Talking about volunteering, Tim said: “I had some personal injuries which made me stop my previous work and getting into voluntary work was really about regaining confidence and getting back into the work place, rather than being at home and not doing anything.
“This role has brought me into contact with the public as it is very front of house. It has boosted my confidence with people and I feel I am doing something useful. By helping others you help yourself and it makes you feel proud to have been of help to someone.
Volunteering is excellent! Especially if you’re not working, it can be a stepping stone to going into employment by getting good references. It’s a really good thing to say you have done, and for others who are not planning to go back into work and need activities to fill up their time, volunteering can be really useful to their community and a great way to spend their time.
As a volunteer Carer Ambassador, Sarah engages with her local community to help identify carers and ensure information is available locally about the support carers can receive.
She also previously volunteered as an Information Hub Assistant.
Sarah told Care for the Carers: “I had been out of work for a couple of years and was working with Paul Turk from Ambitions at Southdown Housing to look at volunteering roles which could help me get back into a routine. The Care for the Carers voluntary role came up and as I have been a carer for many, many years for two of my children, it seemed a nice way to go.
“The role gave me the confidence to say to myself “you can do this”. I had been caring as a mum for so long, and with slightly difficult children, so it was really nice to volunteer and then get back into work.
“I love volunteering. If you’ve been out of work for some time it can be so daunting to go back, but with voluntary work it’s not as much pressure, you can say when you’re available and once you get back into it, it gives you a huge confidence boost. I would highly recommend it to anybody that’s thinking of or wanting to get back into work and not quite sure where to start. It’s great to get the experience to go on your CV, it all looks good, and it is really good for your confidence.”