Supported Volunteering Project Launched – 1st Feb 2017

Community Action Isle of Wight, is launching a new Supported Volunteering Project on 1st February 2017.
Over the next 12 months, we will support and guide 36 individuals to take on an active role in their community as a volunteer.  Funded by JobCentre Plus, the project will work with people in receipt of benefits who want to move forward towards volunteering and eventual employment but who need a personalised approach to assist them in building their confidence and finding the right volunteer role.
Participants will be matched with mentors, who will provide the gentle encouragement, motivation and support needed to empower people who have often faced long term sickness and other barriers to employment and voluntary work. Community Action Isle of Wight is now looking to recruit patient, empathetic and motivational individuals to act as mentors to the participants. The role requires an ability to establish a rapport with people and inspire them to make progress.

Amy Milford-Wood, the project lead, says

“This is an amazing opportunity for everyone involved. Participants get tailored support to achieve their goals, volunteer placements get the benefit of a new group of people’s skills and experiences, and mentors get the satisfaction that comes from really making a difference in people’s lives. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor can contact me at Community Action Isle of Wight by email”’.

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