Thank you to all our volunteers who make a difference
This Volunteers’ Week, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who help us make a difference every day.
Aldwyck Housing Group provides volunteering opportunities to its customers and those living in the communities it serves through a wide range of initiatives – from being a customer champion to running activity sessions for young people.
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it provides an opportunity to give something back to their community, while for others volunteering can also be a route to employment – providing a chance to train, develop skills and gain valuable work experience.
Rhys Evans, Community Engagement Manager, said: “We’re lucky enough to have dozens of volunteers who enrich the lives of those we support, contributing thousands of volunteering hours every year. Some of our volunteers go on to get jobs because of the experience they have had, some go back to their jobs with new insights and a different perspective on life, some just have fun and enjoy meeting new people and sharing their expertise. Much of what we do would not be possible without the commitment and energy of all those who volunteer and so a big thank you from me to all of them.”
Spotlight on… Savannah Harding
Savannah Harding has been a committed volunteer for Aldwyck Housing Group for the past four years.
The 17-year-old is part of a hard-working team that work and volunteer at the Sandringham Drive Youth Hub in Houghton Regis on Friday evenings.
Her confidence has improved immensely during her involvement at the youth club and she is now a customer service apprentice at Aldwyck.
Savannah was introduced to the Sandringham Drive Youth Hub by her friends and soon became a regular attendee. To encourage her to reach her full potential, the Community Involvement team gave Savannah the chance to become a volunteer when she turned 13 years old.
She began her volunteering journey by shadowing a full-time volunteer worker at the youth club. This helped her to prepare her own sessions.
“I have helped the young people in many activities such as talent shows, cooking and arts and crafts”, explained Savannah. “I think we do lots of fun activities with them and get very involved in the sessions.”
Since becoming a volunteer, Savannah has achieved over 700 volunteering hours and gained 26 AQA accreditations in subjects including healthy eating and lifestyle.
Savannah’s achievements were recognised last year when she won the Young Volunteer of the Year Award at the Pride of Houghton Awards.
“Volunteering is the best thing I’ve ever done”, said Savannah. “It’s helped me become a confident and outgoing person.
“There’s a real family atmosphere at the youth hub so volunteering there doesn’t feel like a job or something that you have to do. Everyone has a lot of fun.”
Find out more about volunteering with Aldwyck
Through our Next Generation Youth Service, Hafi Rahman provides a fantastic three-month volunteer induction. All volunteers are supported to complete accredited learning through AQA unit awards leading to a recognised qualification, and have mentoring throughout the volunteering experience. This means that every volunteer gets the most benefit from the time they give up to supporting their own communities.