June 1, 2018
It’s great that something as simple as volunteering a little time each week can change a life. In fact, lives. Our volunteers are the backbone of our charity and their help enables us to offer life changing support to the people to use our Centre. During 2017, we provided 15,314 treatments to people with neurological or long term conditions. It is literally true that we could not do what we do without our fabulous volunteers.
Last year 5,810 volunteer hours were donated. As we enter National Volunteers Week, we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to every one of the 52 volunteers who give us their time, energy and support.
Volunteers at our charity help in four different ways:
1. Supporting Admin, Finance and Reception
2. Hands on helping the Physiotherapists
3. Getting involved with PR, Marketing or Fundraising
4. Trained carefully to deliver Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. (This is where people breath pure oxygen under gentle pressure. It helps lots of people improve their quality of life.)
Every role is vitally important to us and we’re grateful to have a team of such dedicated volunteers making a huge difference to our charity and the people we support.
Paul Farenden is a great example of a volunteer here. He has done Oxygen Therapy himself and says: “I know how vital this service is, which is one of the reasons I chose to volunteer to support the Oxygen Therapy team at the Centre, by training as an Oxygen Therapy Operator.
“I volunteer every Tuesday morning, running two sessions alongside a fellow volunteer. The process is structured, training is given and very clear direction and support provided. If you have the time and want to give something back to your community, please support our Centre.”
Usually people come at a regular time per week and that way they get to see the clients coming regularly at the same time. Good friendships develop as people get to know each other. The welcoming, supportive atmosphere created by our staff and volunteers makes a huge difference to the people using the Centre.
Adrian Gomez is unable to work due to his MS -however he is very actively involved as a volunteer in our Oxygen Programme.
Adrian says: “It’s good to take treatments. They’ve often helped me. But I’ve really enjoyed volunteering. It gives something back, gets me out the house and means I keep meeting new people. It’s really rewarding to help others.”
Interested? We work seven days a week, mornings, afternoons and evenings. Just let us know what works best for you. Come and see what we do and talk to others who work as volunteers here by calling Claire on 01462 684 214 or emailing email@example.com.
Maybe you could be part of our amazing team.