Unity celebrate as they secure a Lottery grant to enable the Volunteer Centre to provide a Supported Volunteering programme across Test Valley and a Saturday service from their Andover office.
Potential volunteers will be able to self-refer to this exciting project which will provide additional assistance to those who may wish to volunteer but have personal barriers to overcome before they have the confidence to do so. The service will engage with those who have had the most challenges in their lives and who may be isolated and will help them to reconnect in their community, increase access to volunteering, enhance skills and develop experience as a stepping stone to employment.
Last year, the Unity Volunteering Centre helped 252 people to find and settle into volunteering opportunities with a wide array of charities working hard to provide critical intervention services for their communities. The Saturday service is now open for business and can be found at the Unity Office where Shopmobility resides at the Andover Bus Station from 9am – 4.00pm.
With charities under more pressure than ever before, Unity services help groups to plan for the future, have robust policies and procedures in place, identify funding from other sources including social enterprise as well as identifying people who can bring the skills required to ensure that they are sustainable in the future.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you can Volunteer or if you know someone who may need a little extra assistance to do so, please contact Christianne.Ireland@unityonline.org.uk , call them on 0330 4004 116 or drop in for a chat.