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Spotlight on EngAge Rotherham - March 2017

V for Volunteering

 

Several new volunteers joined Age UK Rotherham in February and will each soon be taking on their new role to support older people in the local community. 

 

Volunteer sat at a deskVolunteering can be beneficial for a number of reasons including health benefits, improved quality of life, meeting new people, improved self-esteem and sense of purpose, increased confidence, better social interaction, learning or developing a skill, becoming a greater part of a community, motivation and sense of achievement, boosting career options, new interests and hobbies, new experiences and feeling like you are making a difference.

 

We have several different volunteer roles available and details of all current roles are on our volunteering page. Roles include being a Safe and Well Support Volunteer and Community Connector. All our volunteers receive support and relevant training to allow them to perform their role. Training can vary from role to role, both in term of the length of training and the type of training that is provided. All volunteers will receive an Age UK Rotherham induction in addition to any other training that they undertake.

 

Here’s what some of our volunteers have said about their role with us:

 

“I am contributing to a worthwhile cause.”


“If it wasn’t for the volunteering I have done here, I would never have got a job because I have learnt everything from volunteering. I had no experience at all.”

 

“I like working as part of a team, other workers are friendly and helpful, both staff and volunteers. It keeps my brain active.”


“Volunteering has given me a new lease of life.”

 

“Making an older person feel less lonely is invaluable.”


“Being included despite my disability is of great importance to me.”

 

 

Interested in volunteering with us?

We hold volunteering drop in afternoons on the second Monday of every month. The next drop in is on 13th March between 1pm and 4.30pm.

 

Also in EngAge in February:

Three new volunteers attended a volunteer induction event.

Volunteers who attended their induction in January have now started their Community Connectors Training

EngAge Rotherham took part in the Digital Inclusion Network meeting which aims to help people get online

A member of the Brinsworth Good Companions Group went to afternoon tea with the mayor

Thorpe Hesley Group – Friday Club went ten pin bowling, which was a great success and now the group plan to go every week.