CLS Volunteers Awarded for their Work in 2012

Volunteer Meeting at CLSAt the end of last year, our volunteers met to reflect on their work in 2012, discuss how our volunteering service might improve and receive certificates celebrating their achievements.

The feedback was very positive with most volunteers happy to continue with their work which will help them gain new skills and experience and go further with their future careers. Some volunteers were disappointed that there weren’t more opportunities available to them as they would be willing to contribute even more. One volunteer commented that volunteering “sometimes felt like mountain to climb but worth it. [I] have climbed part of the mountain and want to continue climbing to the top.”

Majority of our volunteers are young people who help run community events, carry out streetwork and take part in projects, which CLS are running in partnership with client organisations, such as community consultations. Volunteering can offer them lasting transferable skills, experience, support, capacity building opportunity, links to other community organsiations and hands-on experience that is supervised and guided by qualified and experienced staff.

Volunteers can access a number of programmes as a reward for their time and work. CLS have provided training workshops, access to qualifications, support and work experience to the volunteers which then lead to further education or employment.

At the end-of-year meeting at our office, volunteers reflected on their contribution and cited ‘seeing young people overcome fears’, ‘meeting new people’, ‘learning curve which has built confidence’, ‘learning what it would be like to work’ and ‘sense of fulfilment’ as some of the benefits volunteering had.

Many also commented on lack of funding available and the need for the government to support charities and other non-profit organisations who would be able to provide more volunteering opportunities as a result. Each of the young people was given their Volunteer Participation Award with the number of hours they contributed. The total of all volunteer hours for 2012 was just over 1767.

The volunteers were offered more training opportunities while being a volunteer at CLS. Having recently been established as an accredited SQA centre, we are running a second University of Glasgow Activate course in community development and a PDA in youth work, in which volunteers can take part.

If you or somebody you know would like to become a volunteer, please get in touch with us. Our Training and Volunteer Development Coordination Janette Devlin can help you find the perfect opportunity for you. Call Janette on 0141 952 4382 or email janette@comlinks.org.uk.

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