Staying Well would like to thank all of our volunteers

Some people took up a new hobby during the COVID lockdowns…..some started running and many people developed a green finger or two but at Staying Well our new thing of 2020/21 was volunteers!!

Staying Well have always worked alongside the volunteers in all communities in Calderdale – linking in with the great groups and awesome activities they make happen – yet recruiting and managing our own volunteers was something new to us.

Working with CMBC, Staying Well have harnessed the overwhelming response of people to want to respond to COVID and help those people who became even more vulnerable in the last year. Turning the power of good deeds, selflessness and kindness into something to help improve peoples lives couldn’t have been done without those people across Calderdale who want to give up their time and energy to help other. This volunteers week we want to say a massive THANK YOU to all the Staying Well volunteers working alongside us and our clients. We couldn’t make a difference without you!

Staying Well recruit volunteers to be Telephone Befrienders – giving up an hour or so of their time each week to make a friendly call to someone, have a chat and brighten their day. This year has seen loneliness become more of an issue than ever and although one phone call a week may seem like a drop in the ocean it really can make all the difference.

Our clients and volunteers comment on how the relationships we help them build make such a difference to their lives. We have seen relationships blossom into true friendships. Just having someone on the end of a phone who is there to listen, give you their time, and care makes people feel happier and healthier.

If you are interested in volunteering with Staying Well all you need is a smile, a telephone and the love of good conversation! Get in touch on 01422 392767 or drop us an email at stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk. We will invite you along to an online Info Session to say a friendly hello and take you through the ins and outs of coming on board.

Volunteering options in your community

A number of studies has shown the benefits of volunteering, especially with promoting community cohesion.

Communities with volunteering options tend to be stronger and function better.

When people volunteer, they invest in their community and as such feel closer to it. They are more likely to develop a strong sense of belonging in their area, take more active roles and enhance general wellbeing.

Volunteering can often lead directly to employment. From expanding your skillset with practical knowledge to putting you in positions that are closer to paid roles, it can be a valuable stepping stone. It looks great on your CV too!

So how about giving some of your time?

There are several ways in which you can volunteer. Offering assistance in a charity shop is only one.

Places like Citizens Advice are heavily reliant on volunteers. There are other helplines that can offer training to potential volunteers, such as the Samaritans or Victim Support.

Your local council may offer volunteering options as well.

Keep an eye out for National Volunteering campaigns, such as the Great British Spring Clean!

There are frequent litter picks running locally at any given time. Or you may want to organise one yourself!

Volunteering with NHP

North Halifax Partnership has several volunteering opportunities for members of our community. You do not need an NHP membership to volunteer with us.

Our comprehensive volunteering programme offers opportunities to volunteer across many of our own services as well as being a single point of access for volunteering opportunities across Halifax.

 

We receive volunteering opportunities from places like Citizens Advice and  Neighbourhood watch. We organise litter picks and community clean-ups, such as Pimp my Pellon.

We are especially keen to recruit volunteers for the Staying Well Hub.

During the lockdowns, Staying Well has provided a telephone befriending service that has been a link for many isolated and vulnerable members of our community. We have run food hubs, delivered doorstep shopping, helped with various practical issues or just offered a listening ear. Much of this could only be possible thanks to our volunteers.

At present the SureStart Children’s Centres options are limited but keep checking. We anticipate we will soon be needing help there too.

If you want to volunteer with us or see how we can help you, visit our dedicated volunteering hub:

https://northhalifaxpartnership.org/volunteer-north-halifax/

 

However you decide to do it or for however long, volunteering is a unique experience that will fulfil and transform you, benefiting your community in more ways than you could imagine!

 

Further read:

Belong – Community Connection Cohesion

 

 

Volunteering week 1-7 June: The benefits of volunteering

Volunteers Week is held between 1 -7 of June to celebrate the brilliant contribution of volunteers. It is celebrated each year to thank those who have given up their time to help without asking for anything in return and in doing so have had a positive impact to many. Whether these volunteers belong to a small group or larger, more widely known charities, or even individuals who have offered their help without making mention of what they have done, this week is dedicated to them.

During the last two years, more than ever the impact of volunteers has been highlighted. There have been countless remarkable, touching stories of volunteerism, during the particularly trying times of consecutive lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The thankless efforts of many to look out for the more vulnerable among us and ensure their wellbeing has changed the lives of both the volunteer and the recipient.

Rightly should volunteers week open up the celebrations of June, being the Month of Community.

Volunteering, in every form, strengthens communities, promotes cohesion, forms bonds between individuals. The reach of voluntary efforts can extend far beyond the individual’s immediate surroundings.

There are several praises to the work of volunteers and testimonies as to the benefits of their work. So what makes someone do something for free?

Volunteering is its own reward. It gives satisfaction and a feeling of empowerment, knowing that your efforts had such meaningful impact. Come to think of it, without exerting or spending money, your efforts have made a difference, sometimes further than you could reach. That sense is almost intoxicating, it drives an individual, makes them wonder what else you can achieve!

You may be surprised but a good deed comes back to you eventually.

And these are just the benefits for the volunteer. The rewards for the wider community are much greater.

When people get together to achieve solutions to their issues, the community becomes stronger.

Lives can improve. Lives can be saved. All these from actions without ulterior motives, just the desire to do good, straight from the heart.

For this reason, each year on volunteering week, we join and from the bottom of our hearts we say: Thank you to all Volunteers out there.

 

For there’s no joy greater than the joy you give.

 

https://volunteersweek.org/

 

Volunteers Week 2017 1-7 June

Volunteers Week (1-7 June) is a great time to celebrate the brilliant work of volunteers across Calderdale and there’ll be lots of opportunities to get involved.

Volunteer at one of the events below

  • Thursday 8 June – VAC Volunteer Open Day
  • Thursday 8 June – Countryside Volunteering (Shibden Park)
  • Tuesday 13 June – Volunteering Fayre (Bradford)
  • Wednesday 14 June – The Changing Face of Volunteering

Click here for detailed information on each event…

Visit Sector Support Calderdale and Voluntary Action Calderdale to find out more.

If you’re looking for more about events visit www.volunteersweek.org.uk and take a look at their events map or if you have any questions or comments about Volunteers Week 2017 or volunteering in general please contact volunteer@calderdale.gov.uk

Get involved with Volunteers Week 2017

Volunteers Week (1-7 June) is a great time to celebrate the brilliant work of volunteers across Calderdale and there’ll be lots of opportunities to get involved.

Volunteer at one of the events below

  • Thursday 8 June – VAC Volunteer Open Day
  • Thursday 8 June – Countryside Volunteering (Shibden Park)
  • Tuesday 13 June – Volunteering Fayre (Bradford)
  • Wednesday 14 June – The Changing Face of Volunteering

Click here for detailed information on each event…

Visit Sector Support Calderdale and Voluntary Action Calderdale to find out more.

If you’re looking for more about events visit www.volunteersweek.org.uk and take a look at their events map or if you have any questions or comments about Volunteers Week 2017 or volunteering in general please contact volunteer@calderdale.gov.uk