Volunteering makes a big difference to us and can be good for you too...
- a positive impact on your health and wellbeing
- opportunities to meet new people
- a way that you can give back to your community and make a difference
- develop new skills or brush up on existing ones
- a route to employment
Here’s what some of our volunteers say
“It's such a lovely job and I enjoy working with the team in the Biggleswade office … soaking up their energy and enthusiasm. I couldn't imagine life without volunteering at CiB. The rewards I get from being part of this devoted and caring team far outweigh the time I put into the organisation and I am proud to be part of the work that CiB do for us carers” Laura, Parent Carer support and cafe volunteer
"It makes me feel valued to be part of the team helping people deal with the difficulties that come with being a carer" Sue, telephone befriender and office support
"I see how grateful my carer is, which in turn gives me pleasure and makes me feel good about myself" Jill, dementia befriender
"I feel privileged to spend time with some truly amazing people, listening to their stories, really getting to know them and having a laugh. Helping out at the group really makes my month" Moona, group support
A Route to Employment
We have mixed feelings when a volunteer leaves us for paid work - so glad for them especially if their volunteering with us played any part in their journey, but sorry to see them go. Emma volunteered with us most Tuesday morning to gain Human Resources experience:
"I have been volunteering with Carers in Bedfordshire for just over one year. Initially I helped Carol out with everything to do with volunteers and more recently I have been working alongside Helen on the HR side of things. While I have been volunteering I have met some wonderful people as well as gaining some valuable experience. I have had the opportunity to learn more about the organisation as well as having some great opportunities to learn about volunteer management and planning events (something I have never done before!). The opportunity to gain some practical experience of HR has also been invaluable to me and gave me a great opportunity to put some of the things I had learned from my Course in HR Practice into practice.
I have now gained my first role in HR and feel this is in no small part to all the experience I have gained while volunteering. I would highly recommend it to anyone!"
Pictured top: Lionel with his 2015 Pride in Bedfordshire Volunteer of the Year award and Carers rest volunteers