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Challengers Chat: June 2017
Welcome to the seventh instalment of the Challengers Chat. This month our Volunteer and Engagement Officer, Charlotte Bagchi, says thank you to our amazing Volunteers as part of Volunteers Week!
Through volunteering we can make a big difference as individuals and communities every day, from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely, and contributing to a range of other essential services and support.
Challengers Volunteers are an integral and essential part of the running of all we do and we simply could not do it without them so we would like to say a BIG thank you to all our Volunteers as they make Challengers the fantastic organisation and that is because you:
Bring a diverse range of skills, experience and knowledge – We have people of all ages and background volunteering at Challengers. Recently we have been joined by some from as far afield as Germany, helping the Fundraising and Finance team with an important gift aid project. We also have those that live just 10 minutes down the road and help with vital fundraising research. Our Trustees bring a wide range of skill sets from different organisations and businesses, ensuring that Challengers stays on track with our goals and aspirations.
Raise awareness about Challengers and what we do – Everyone who volunteers and works at Challengers is an ambassador for the important work that we do. The Parent Ambassadors especially do an amazing job of raising the awareness and profile of Challengers within their local communities.
Help us build relationships within the communities in which our schemes run – By encouraging volunteering at Challengers we help local school children and college students gain essential work experience and life skills at our schemes. Future plans of ours to work with the National Citizen Service will involve lots of young people coming in to help run projects on our schemes, get to know the young people and break down the barriers of disability.
Inform the development and delivery of our activities, projects or services by bringing in new opinions, ideas or approaches – We have had some diverse Volunteers help us develop our services this year, from Volunteers that run activities on scheme to those coming in to the office to help us review some of our recruitment processes.
Help deliver our service and projects in a more effective and efficient way which can help to save money and resources – Volunteering on scheme means that Challengers can deliver more hours of play to more Children. Last year our amazing Play and Youth Volunteers helped us to deliver over 3000 extra hours of play and leisure for the young people who attend and this year that figure is set to be even higher which is a fantastic effort.
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