At the start of the year, as we make resolutions for the twelve months ahead, many of us look for ways we can make a difference in our local area. Here, Matt who works alongside our parishes, volunteers and people in the local community, tells us more about those who give their time to help us deliver our services…
The cost-of-living crisis has certainly led to an increase in demand for our services across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Hardworking families and individuals are finding it increasingly difficult to provide even the basics, whether that’s eating three meals a day or having a safe, secure and warm place to call home.
As demand grows, our teams are working harder than ever to make sure we’re there for as many people who need us as we can be. With more than 100 staff and 12 services across the area that’s certainly a challenge, but thankfully we are supported by a huge group of more than 260 incredible volunteers who selflessly give their time to support them.
We simply couldn’t do what we do without the hours they kindly donate to help others in their local communities.
From driving vans to helping improve accessibility, serving food or harvesting vegetables in our community allotment, there are lots of ways volunteers can get involved in supporting our work.
Our volunteers come from a wide variety of communities across the area too – some are people who have settled here from other countries, others are retired, some are students, and others are professionals looking for something new.
Some people want to share their skills and give back to a good cause, some volunteer because they have an affinity with their local diocesan charity, whilst others have person experience of accessing our services and are now supporting by volunteering their time to help others to transform their lives as they did.
Whatever your background, skills or experience, there’s a role that would suit you – and we are flexible in terms of time commitments or hours that are volunteered too. We try to be as supportive as possible to make sure that all of our volunteers have as rewarding an experience as they can – and that they always know just how appreciated they are.
If you’re thinking of taking on something new in 2024 and could spare an hour or two, we’d really love to hear from you. You can find out more about the range of opportunities available, and apply online too – here’s the link: www.caritassalford.org.uk/volunteer
Or, if you prefer to talk through, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I can be contacted on email@example.com or by calling 07375 801 948.
All the best for 2024,