Yesterday was the training for our first group of Veterans in Volunteering (ViVs), which was held at Tedworth House on this occasion.
Following individual inductions with volunteers, this training not only offered ViVs a chance to come together as a group and meet members of the Step Together Team, but also provided them with an understanding of the organisation and the ViV volunteer roles, information about good practice when volunteering and an opportunity to reflect on and test out the qualities and skills helpful for a successful volunteering experience.
It was a fun, interactive and full-on day, with lots of opportunities for people to discuss different scenarios, learn more about the different volunteer roles and ask questions.
The feedback from the training was really encouraging and positive. When asked about what they are most looking forward to as volunteers with Step Together, participants said, “helping others”, “meeting new people”and “personal development” as a result of volunteering.
Demelza Penberth, our National Volunteer Coordinator who co-delivered the training said, “it was fantastic to have a group of such enthusiastic volunteers, all of them bringing their own experiences and skills to the team and what we do. We are really grateful to these volunteers and for our grant from ABF The Soldiers Charity, as these ViVs will really add value to our programme and extend our reach to provide more support to a greater number of wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans in our communities.”
The Veterans in Volunteering programme offers veterans and others with experience of life in the Forces, the opportunity to be trained and supported as volunteers to help provide additional help to Veterans in their local communities.
With funding from ABF The Soldier’s Charity, we have the procedures, processes and tools in place for a new programme model that will allow Step Together to support more WIS clients in future years. As part of this, the grant we received has helped us develop the training, as well as the supporting materials and resources for this. This training can now be used and developed to enable and empower new volunteers to provide appropriate support to WIS veterans in their communities and help them into volunteering opportunities which would benefit their recovery.
If you would like to know more about the programme or apply to volunteer, please contact Demelza Penberth on 07872 635073 or email [email protected].
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