Volunteers Week takes place 1-7 June every year. It's a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.
This 37th annual Volunteers’ Week and we’ve some wonderful blogs that highlight the importance of connecting with your communities and the mutually beneficial support you can gain from volunteering at Liverpool Cares.
First up, its 24 year old Robyn sharing her experiences so far with her Phone a Friend Match, 81 year old George.
One word to describe your volunteering experience so far: "Joyful!"
What made you want to volunteer with Liverpool Cares? "I used to work out of the same offices as the Liverpool Cares team and got to chat to everyone there about what they'd been up to. I saw first hand that they're really passionate about the work they do and the community they support. So I decided to try volunteering with them, and it was definitely a great decision!"
What impact does volunteering have on your life? "Volunteering feels like a bit of a break from life in a way. I get to chat to my older neighbour, George and it's easy. It definitely has a positive impact on my life and is an hour that I look forward to each week"
What do you like most about volunteering? "The thing I like most is the people. Both older and younger neighbours are super friendly and supportive. I've met some really lovely people and everyone is made to feel welcome. Pre-lockdown I did all sorts of things I would never have done before, like performing a short play, going on a wildlife walk in sefton park, writing poetry and going to singalongs."
How long do you volunteer for each week? "I volunteer for an hour a week on zoom. My older neighbour friend, George, and I talk once a week now over zoom through the Love Your Neighbour programme. It's so great to hear about someone's interests and experiences. I love hearing all his stories about travelling, hiking and cycling. And we're learning all about what our shared interests are. It's been a joy to meet someone new and build that friendship in a time that is quite isolating. Hopefully soon we'll be able to do some in-person meetups too! "
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about volunteering with Liverpool Cares in the future? "Definitely get involved! It's a great community and you get so much out of it. When people ask me about it I always say I don't even feel like I'm volunteering. If you're unsure or have any questions just get in touch with the Liverpool Cares team. They're super lovely and friendly, and will be able to help with anything you need."
You can find out more about volunteering with Liverpool Cares by going to: https://liverpoolcares.org.uk/... by dropping Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator Rachael an email: [email protected] or by giving us call on 0151 659 1789 and selecting option 1.
Posted by Rachael Treacher on Tuesday 1st June 2021
Rachael Treacher is the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at Liverpool Cares: she manages our community network of younger and older neighbours.