Lou, who is on our programme for young people, wrote a great piece on his blog about his volunteer experience. He shared it with us for #iWill Week, a week of celebrating and empowering young people to tell stories of youth social action.
The Centre for Ageing Better, in partnership with the Office for Civil Society, has released a review of community contributions in later life. The report ‘Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering’, calls on charities, voluntary organisations and the public sector to do more to support and sustain the effort of older volunteers.
Shelley was a young carer for her dad before he sadly passed away four years ago. Last year her mum was diagnosed with cancer and Shelley felt life repeating itself. With Step Together's support, Shelley began volunteering. She shares how her mental health has benefited as a result.
Volunteers' Week is a UK-wide campaign to recognise and celebrate the fantastic contribution volunteers make in our society. The theme this year was 'Volunteering For All', highlighting the diverse range of people that give their time in so many different ways.
Lucinda manages our young people programme in Bristol, which is celebrating its first anniversary this month. She chatted to us about her role at Step Together and reflects on her proudest and most memorable moments of the past year.
Ahead of International Women’s Day tomorrow, we are excited to announce that our programme is expanding to support more young women, aged 16-25, to engage in volunteering and social action opportunities in Greater Manchester.
Every year, Step Together helps over 300 wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel and Veterans across the UK rebuild their lives, through one-to-one support and active engagement in the local community. In partnership with the Ministry of Defence and Help for Heroes, Step Together provides volunteering support to all Personnel Recovery Centres.
While I was handling criminal cases as a barrister, judge and in the Court of Appeal, I was aware that the critical time for offenders is the period straight after they leave the system. People with a history of convictions must find an ‘anchor’ to make that change to a life without crime. And the longer it takes them to find this anchor or purpose, the more likely it is they will return to prison.
Earlier today Karen, Volunteering Project Manager in Manchester, and her client Mooch joined the Volunteer Centre Manchester on their monthly radio show, VCM FM, on North Manchester FM. They were both interviewed about the work of Step Together and the impact volunteering has had for our clients.
People on release from prison need more personal support, someone to turn to. Without it, that person will likely be back inside. I know this, because I have seen it throughout my career in the prison service.