VAC Prepare for Volunteer’s Week 2018
VAC is getting ready for Volunteer’s Week 2018. The week, which has been commemorated each year since 1984, helps organisations to celebrate their volunteers and all the different ways they get involved but also is an opportunity for new people to sign up to volunteer.
VAC operates several projects for volunteers. The Molly and Bill project works with care settings to help to engage them with the local community, supporting them to engage with a range of meaningful activities for residents and create a programme of creative activities for residents to be involved in. Volunteers are a key part of the project and offer one to one support to residents, helping people go out of a care setting into the local community or delivering creative activities in the homes.
Liz North, the project coordinator for Molly and Bill, says “the next phase of the project will be focussed in the Upper Valley of Calderdale and we are looking for new volunteers to get involved in care settings in and around Todmorden. We offer comprehensive training to our volunteers and it is always encouraging to hear that people feel they get a lot out of volunteering with the project.”
Another project VAC delivers is called Quality Voice and volunteers complete a range of tasks to help check the quality of services and give vital feedback about their findings. Some of the checks are done over the phone in partnership with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, some are done online in partnership with Calderdale Adult Social Care and some are done in person as a visit to residential care homes. Quality Voice are particularly looking for volunteers to join the visiting team who will go to residential care homes in the Upper Valley of Calderdale .
As part of Volunteer’s Week VAC will be hosting an open afternoon at Ferney Lee Care Home, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden, OL14 5JW on Tuesday 5th June between 2 – 4pm. Anyone interested in finding out more about either of the projects or volunteering is invited to drop in to the care home.
The Projects Lead at VAC, Adam Clark, says “Volunteer’s Week is a good time to say thank you to our wonderful volunteers. VAC will be holding an afternoon tea for its volunteers during the week and recognising all the contribution that people make. We are always looking for new volunteers to join the team. We hope to meet some new people at our open day.”
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