News story published on 07 June 2016
Its Volunteer Week, and we are recognising the importance of volunteering by demonstrating how it’s already helped so many.
We are using the week-long campaign to launch our very own initiative to encourage more residents to volunteer and benefit from the employability skills and social opportunities that can be gained.
We have already helped many people into volunteering, most recently through FoodCycle, which is also helping to reduce food waste and feed those struggling to eat. The 70 volunteers on this project benefit from gaining catering and hospitality experience to project management and marketing skills whilst helping some of the most vulnerable people in the city.
Helen Hutchinson, Cross Keys Homes’ Programme Manager said: “Volunteering can open so many doors for those who struggle to find work. Not only do they gain skills and experience, but they develop relationships and key contacts.
“It can also help those who are looking at a new career path develop valuable volunteering experience in another field.”
FoodCycle volunteer, Tina Stavrides, said: “It’s been fantastic to volunteer for the FoodCycle project as I’ve learnt so many news skills in a real catering environment. It’s also given me the confidence I need to apply for jobs in this industry as I now have the experience required. But the best thing of all has to be meeting new people and making new friends.”
Meet the volunteers at our Westwood Hub:
To find out how volunteering can help you, or to take a look our volunteering opportunities, visit our volunteering page or get in touch with Cross Keys Homes’ Communities team on 01733 386404 or email us.