Volunteers Week: Shay’s volunteering story

Volunteers Week: Shay’s volunteering story

Case studies, News, volunteer
Shay has volunteered at the training centre for around two years, after attending a group there in the past. He had previously helped out with odd jobs like painting and gardening before starting two new voluntary roles last year. “I am a Donations Delivery Driver and also a Donations Sorter,” he tells us, explaining how shifts can vary from a few hours to a full day across the week. These new roles were formed as we saw a surge in generous donations from across the community during the pandemic. “It keeps me occupied and also off the drink. It allows me to give something back as well. Getting out of the house and seeing people, being trusted again and given the chance to do something different has been great. It…
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Volunteers Week: Samah’s volunteering story

Volunteers Week: Samah’s volunteering story

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Samah and her family fled to Syria from Iraq due to war when she was seven, where they settled and Samah was able to complete her education. Conditions in Syria however were not great and there was little support in place for children with disabilities; this was an issue as Samah’s brother is autistic. Not one to give up easily, Samah’s mother set up her own charity and established a support centre for children with disabilities from her local community, providing support to the children and parents as well as providing training and guidance to those most in need. Samah volunteered at the centre whilst continuing her education and enjoyed being able to help people who had significant issues to contend with. Unfortunately, due to worsening circumstances in Syria, what…
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Volunteers Week: What Volunteering Means to Horton Housing

Volunteers Week: What Volunteering Means to Horton Housing

News, Paul's blog
Horton Housing CEO Paul Gartland discusses the impact volunteers have on the organisation, and what the volunteers and the people they support get out of it. This week marks National Volunteers Week, and whilst our volunteer programmes have run slightly differently during the pandemic, there is no better time to celebrate the fantastic efforts made by our committed and dedicated team. The tireless work of our volunteers helps us to keep delivering and improving the services we provide. Especially over the last 12 months, schemes like Befrienders and Companion Calls have proven to be a crucial way of connecting with the people we support, be that to keep them up to date with latest government advice and restrictions, or simply for a helpful chat and someone being there to listen.…
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