Wanted! Volunteers to help support youth and community activities in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
The Bedfordshire-based housing association’s Community Involvement team is highlighting the important role that volunteers can play in helping people to enjoy happy and fulfilled lives.
Aldwyck provides many activities for local communities including its popular programme of summer holiday activities and its weekly Next Generation Youth Clubs in Luton, Hoddesdon and Houghton Regis.
Rhys Evans, Community Involvement Coordinator with Aldwyck, said: “All of our volunteers are invaluable and we are very privileged to work with such a committed group of people. We’re always on the lookout for new recruits and volunteering with us is a brilliant opportunity to gain some useful transferable skills and give back to the community.
“It’s a great experience for young people and really stands out on a CV when applying for jobs – we’re really keen to hear from more people hoping to sign up.”
Applicants need to be aged 13 or over. No special skills or qualifications are needed.
Volunteers will need to have a DBS enhanced check – to work with vulnerable adults and children and will be paid expenses incurred during training, such as mileage.
For more information on this hugely rewarding opportunity, please contact the Community Involvement team, on 01582 869104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spotlight on Emily McCabe, an Aldwyck Youth Work Volunteer
Emily McCabe is the latest Aldwyck volunteer to receive an award for her dedication. Emily has been with the Sandringham Drive Youth Hub, in Houghton Regis, for three years and now manages a team of six young volunteers working with the community.
She, like many young people, was facing confidence issues which she systematically set about addressing through training and work experience. Emily and her team managed to deliver over 40 accreditation programmes around confidence-building to 40 young people based in Houghton Regis.
Emily was recently named Central Bedfordshire's ‘Young Volunteer of the Year' at the ‘Cheering Volunteering' awards. Previous Aldwyck winners of this award include Ria Stanford and Sasha Mead. Other young Aldwyck volunteers to win awards include Savannah Harding (Pride of Houghton awards) and Molly Evans and Maddy Duke, joint winners of the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ award at the Broxbourne Youth Awards.
Hafi Rahman, Youth and Anti-Social Behaviour Intervention Officer with Aldwyck, said: “Emily was suffering with low self-esteem, so I wanted to give her some responsibilities, enough that she felt comfortable. She did work experience and took courses to give her skills and confidence along the way. She’s worked very hard as a volunteer, and taken on lots of responsibilities, including delivering fantastic courses to other young people. She’s a changed person and it’s been a privilege to see her shine and I’m delighted that her dedication to others has been rewarded in this way.”