Volunteers play a crucial part in Women’s Community Matters and last year gave more than 11,000 hours of support. They carry out an amazing number of tasks. Some help in reception; others organise and run the clothes bank and carry out the housekeeping duties whilst others help with cooking, chinwaggers, the art group and drop in, as well as support courses and groups such as the Time for thought and Pause for thought. A maths and a mindfulness group are two new groups run by a volunteer.
Volunteers also carry out First Contact and Gateway appointments as well as act as Peer Mentors. They also organised fundraising events and the collection of Christmas presents for clients and their families as well as cooking and serving a Christmas dinner. The Vintage Tea Party was one of the fun events of 2019 and was organised by volunteers.
The number of volunteers has continued to grow. Some are previous clients who have grown in confidence and want to help others who are facing the similar problems to those that they faced; others volunteer because they have brought clothes to the clothes bank or heard survivors’ stories or read about the difference WCM is making to the lives of women and children in Barrow. They are enthusiastic, caring and kind and together with the staff help make the Centre a warm and safe place to be in.
Their commitment and hard work is appreciated by all the staff, clients and the people of Barrow with the result that we have been received The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020
The reasons for volunteering can range from supporting women in the area, extending your social life, giving back to the community or developing new skills and experience.