Our volunteer survey, a third of respondents being employee volunteers, showed many interesting responses from the known, the ”ooh – interesting” and the areas that have really focussed our attention.
We regularly post blogs from our own staff, volunteers and key figures in the voluntary sector. Have a browse of our recent blog entries below.
How did our Welcome Friends project become embedded in local communities in Wales to alleviate social isolation in older people, through befriending?
Paul Buddery, our Director of Strategy: " Give three cheers for Student Volunteering Week. It’s a great opportunity to raise a cheer for the young people who are giving their time for causes they believe in."
We share our top tips for volunteer recruitment in a new area, testing our traditional methods of recruitment and testing new routes through our work with partnership programme, Get Out Get Active.
Young people often benefit from having an adult role model they can talk to and trust. Understanding the benefits of a male role model to these young people and, in a bid to ensure their young users can find a positive role model that suits them, the North Lanarkshire Befriending Project is calling out for more male volunteers.
At Volunteering Matters, dignity and respect are values that we hold dear, particularly when it comes to supporting vulnerable people. What role can volunteers play in helping to uphold the rights of vulnerable older people in care homes?
The cost of supporting isolated older people is crippling our health and care services, and many people are now looking to the charity sector for a solution. Thankfully, there is one.
Social action volunteering can help to address our loneliness epidemic in several ways. An Age UK loneliness and isolation evidence review found that befriending schemes are one of the most effective services for combating both.
Our full-time volunteers have been supporting people living with a learning disability in Stratford-upon-Avon for 10 years. Our Regional Volunteer Manager Jenny Szewiel spoke to Heart of England Mencap Manager John Morton to find out more…