By Bethan Warrington from GAVO
Hello! My name is Bethan Warrington and I am the Volunteering Officer for GAVO in Monmouthshire. My role is to work with charities to make sure they have everything they need in place to help them recruit and look after volunteers. I also work with individuals who are looking to volunteer but aren’t sure where to start, by helping them find opportunities they will enjoy and feel valued.
GAVO have a Volunteering and Youth Volunteering Officer, who are always happy to help, in:
Volunteer’s Week 1st – 7th June
Volunteer’s Week is especially important as it’s the opportunity for organisations to celebrate and thank their wonderful volunteers, supporting their wellbeing. This can be done by: giving them a shout out on social media, hosting an event such as a movie night and making them VIP guests, providing snacks and refreshments for volunteers at events they support, or by signing them up to GAVO’s Recognition Scheme!
If you are a volunteer, why not take the time to treat yourself this week? Run yourself a hot bath and use your favourite bath bomb, set aside some time to listen to your favourite podcast, make a surprise visit to a friend and buy that sweat treat you’ve been eyeing up in the local bakery! YOU DESERVE IT!
So, how can volunteering help your wellbeing?
When people talk about the impact of volunteering, we often hear about how it benefits the people in need. What is not highlighted enough, is how amazing it is for the volunteer! Volunteering with a community group or charity you are passionate about is a fantastic way to spend your spare time and reduce loneliness. By volunteering, you are likely to:
Enjoy being picky and choosing the role that will benefit your wellbeing as well as help the community!
Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether it is volunteering in a charity shop and engaging with customers, joining a telephone befriending service, or using your technical skills to help a charity update their website, volunteering should always make a positive impact on your own wellbeing. There are a number of ways to dedicate your spare time to others, so take your time choosing the right opportunity for you.
The Volunteering Wales website is a fantastic tool to browse volunteering opportunities in your area. If you would like to volunteer but don’t know what is available, you can find out here:
REMEMBER, volunteering should ALWAYS be a win-win!
The benefits of volunteering for young people – Chris Irving
The benefits of volunteering are increasingly being widely recognised as an activity that can make a significant difference to our own wellbeing and personal growth while making an impact in our communities. Many young people now have a wider awareness of many of the issues that affect their lives. These can include the environment, culture, arts, sport, food poverty and social injustice.
Volunteering provides young people with the perfect opportunity to get involved, make a difference, develop skills for the workplace and have fun along the way. There are a huge and diverse range of volunteering opportunities available throughout Gwent and GAVO and we are here to support you to find the perfect opportunity.
So, if you are 14 plus, we would love to hear from you for an informal chat.
How to contact your local GAVO officer:Area Role Name Email Address Phone Number Monmouthshire Volunteer Officer Bethan Warrington email@example.com 07376023546 Monmouthshire Youth Volunteer Officer Chris Irving firstname.lastname@example.org 07483 128060 Newport Volunteer Officer Currently Recruiting Currently Recruiting Currently Recruiting Newport Youth Volunteer Officer Claire Turner email@example.com 07376 023365 Caerphilly Volunteer Officer Caren White firstname.lastname@example.org 074831 28064 Blaenau Gwent Volunteer Officer Caragh Porter email@example.com 07483128080 Caerphilly & Blaenau Gwent Youth Volunteer Officer Gareth Edwards-Lowe firstname.lastname@example.org 07376023660
Thank you for reading!
I really hope you have enjoyed finding out about how volunteering can be used as a tool improve wellbeing. Thank you very much for reading the blog, and I really hope that you feel inspired to volunteer. Please do contact the GAVO Volunteering team to let us know your thoughts!