Created a successful volunteer programme

Without intervention, many people with disabilities remain isolated and unable to participate fully in community life, and research among Quarriers’ service users had found that they would benefit from volunteers providing opportunities for relationships that were different to those they had with the staff employed to care for them. Before 2007 however, volunteering at the charity had always been undertaken on an ad hoc basis.

The charity therefore decided to set up a Volunteer Centre, and having secured £40,000 in funding from a corporate partner, recruited a volunteer coordinator. Furthermore, a volunteer management database was developed, an audit of existing volunteers was undertaken, and efforts were made to publicise the Centre throughout the organisation. The charity also ensured that its service users themselves were supported to be able to volunteer.

By the end of 2010, three years after the project had begun, the number of volunteering enquiries had grown to 1,262 that year, and the charity had the assistance of a total of 438 volunteers, up from 78 in 2007. Meanwhile, feedback from project managers revealed that “real friendships” were being created, and that the beneficiaries were getting out more and leading fuller lives. Overall, the annual additional value the volunteers are bringing to the charity is calculated at £300,000.

Mrs Fiona Nicolson
Service manager
Quarriers Village
Bridge of Weir
PA11 3SX
Tel: 01505 612 224
OSCR reg. no: SCO01960


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