Volunteering in itself can be a beneficial activity, both for the organisation you are assisting, and also for yourself. Many skills can be gained through the role, and also routines and a sense of purpose established.
"For me it was through my volunteer experience that I discovered what I wanted to do, and gained access to the right course to be able to do it. My skills were developed and I became more confident in my own ability."
There are lots of opportunities to get involved in volunteer work and this can lead to paid work in the future in some cases. Many enjoy the satisfaction of being able to give something back. With such a wide range of volunteer opportunities available within the community, there is something for everyone.
Here at En-Fold we are always looking to recruit more volunteer mentor befrienders to our autism support service, so please do get in touch if this is something that may be of interest to you .
As a charity we are run by a governing body of trustees who shape the direction of our service and oversee our work. If you feel you would like to become a trustee for En-Fold, please do get in touch; we are particularly keen to hear from people with lived experience.
Hello, I am Sharon and I am a Mentor/Befriender for En-Fold. I have 2 sons aged 18 & 20 who have ADHD and ASD. They are my absolute world and I love them more than anything but I can honestly say that the last 20 years have been the hardest of my life... read more here
The wider community has many opportunities available and the local volunteer centres across the county are able to help you find the right opportunity for you, or you can search the ‘Do it’ database https://do-it.org/opportunities/search
KCU run an inclusive volunteering project, aimed at supporting individuals to overcome any challenges through a mentoring and befriending service.
This inclusive volunteering project aims to:
- Help to access support and support networks
- Increase opportunities to help those who engage with the project to reach their full potential, particularly those with more complex needs
- Reduce isolation, increase confidence and improve wellbeing through volunteering, regardless of ability, disability or circumstance
- Increase local organisations’ understanding of disability, mental health and wellbeing issues affecting people and the mentoring/befriending approach
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