Volunteer project given funding
By Yarlington | Monday, October 15, 2012, 11:45
A new 'Supported Volunteering' project, dedicated to giving people the extra help they need to get into volunteering, has been launched in South Somerset.
SSVCA, with funding secured from Yarlington Housing Group, will be running the new project offering tailored support to those who are isolated, lacking in confidence or disadvantaged in some way, ensuring the benefits of volunteering are accessible to everyone.
Based on their individual needs and interests, potential volunteers will be matched to a trained volunteer mentor. The assigned mentor will then support the volunteer on a one to one basis through the volunteering process, to a point where the individual feels confident enough to continue on their own.
Currently SSVCA are recruiting and training volunteer mentors.
John Robinson, Volunteer Centre Manager at SSVCA says "Mentoring offers great rewards; mentors can make a positive difference to the lives of some of the most isolated and vulnerable people in our society. We are committed to matching mentors with the right volunteers, and giving all of the guidance, training and support needed every step of the way".
Ken Comber, of Yarlington Housing Group said "We are proud to be associated with such a worthwhile project. Supported Volunteering can provide structure, direction and meaning to peoples' lives, widening their social networks, improving their vocational and interpersonal skills and in some instances helping them gain access to employment, education and training."
If you are interested in getting involved in some way or would like to know more about the Supported Volunteering Project, then please get in touch with the team on 01935 475914 or email email@example.com
In addition to seeking volunteer mentors and potential volunteers needing additional support, SSVCA are also keen to hear from any organisation or group, who may have a volunteering opportunity which could be offered to a supported volunteer.