Our Children and Young person worker has been planning a meaningful activity for a number of our young people since 2019. Unfortunately our trip was delayed due to COVID but it finally took place recently at Barnstondale Adventure and Activity Centre on the Wirral.
All the young people that attended had a wonderful time, taking part in activities and new experiences, making new friends and building their confidence and self esteem.
Some of the activities they took part including driving a 4x4 through the woods and spotting various animals, archery, football, climbing wall and abseiling, gathering wood to build a campfire with a flint, feeding the pigs and relaxing in the sensory space.
During their down time they relaxed around the campfire and chilled as a group whilst eating a well earned meal then went off to sleep in the luxurious log cabins. This was a unique experience that was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody, including our very own Sue (Children and Young person worker) who also took part in the activities with the young people.
We’re fortunate to get a lot of support from local businesses, many of whom send their employees out for a corporate volunteering day - but for some employees, one day of volunteering just isn’t enough! We spoke to one of our volunteer drivers (and all-round superstar!) Cath to find out how she got involved with volunteering through her employer:
How did you first get involved with The Whitechapel Centre?
I was the CSR co-ordinator at my previous employment and it was part of my role to get involved with the local community. We are given 1 day per year to use our CSR helping local charity’s and the local community. I found out from the building reception I worked in that they took part in a 2 week CSR project that they helped out at The Whitechapel Centre with preparing and serving breakfasts for the service users. I thought this would be perfect for our office. I arranged with David, the Volunteer Manager, a 3 week rota of helping out at The Whitechapel Centre with the breakfasts. Given the volume of staff available we were also able to help out with sorting the donations out, clothes for the service users and clothes for resale at the shop.
What made you come back?
I came back as I really enjoyed the clothes sorting, and the energy and passion that David had, got me hooked. I reduced my 5 day week to a 4 day week so I could stay involved. I come to the centre as much as I can and enjoy engaging with the service users.
How has your employer supported your volunteering?
My employer supported me by allowing me to reduce my working week.
What’s your favourite thing about volunteering?
I love the interaction with the Whitechapel employees and their energy and positivity, I enjoy working with the other volunteers and I enjoy my missions and work at Blackstock street.
Do you have any advice for other people that might want to get their employer involved in volunteering?
I would definitely recommend volunteering at The Whitechapel Centre, if you have spare time then get your name down for volunteering, the volunteers and staff make you feel very welcome and part of the team, and it’s a wonderful feeling being part of it.
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