This just in from Vicki Fitzgerald, chief exec at Gateway Family Services…
Here is our latest Friday story – Our volunteering programme has really taken off and we are delighted with the initial outcomes. We too were cautious about volunteers taking away paid roles and being seen as a cheap alternative.
However so many of our clients told us that one of the main barriers to work was their lack of work experience that we decided to develop a volunteer programme. We made sure that our programme would provide valuable work experience, references and qualifications, which at the same time improved our services for community.
Here are some of the outcomes and one client telling us how it changes his view of himself.