Volunteer Managers in Cwm Taf Draft Charter to Tackle Loneliness and Isolation
Seventeen representatives from eleven organisations working with volunteers in Cwm Taf came together to draft a Charter to tackle Loneliness and Isolation at Interlink’s Managing Volunteers Network meeting at the end of November.
Volunteer Managers from Avant Cymru, Citizens Advice Bureau, Drink Wise Age Well, Elite, Homestart RCT, Interlink RCT, New Pathways, Samaritans, Too Good To Waste, Ynysangharad War Memorial Park and VAMT came together for their quarterly network and enjoyed a varied agenda, looking at volunteer management opportunities afforded by the new WCVA Volunteering Wales database; a new Volunteer Time Management App developed in RCT known as Volapp, which tracks volunteer hours and the retention of Volunteers.
The main discussion though centred around Cwm Taf Health Board’s priority of Tackling Loneliness and Isolation through volunteering. Those present recognised that they were often the first point of contact individuals have to the Third Sector, and that they had an important role in making applicants aware of the support available in the sector locally, whether through their own, or other organisations in their locality.
The Charter which was drafted is below and your organisation can add its name by emailing Volunteering Officer Thomas Crockett on firstname.lastname@example.org.
That the next forum will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 to be hosted by Friends of Ynysyngharad Park, Pontypridd. Please contact Interlink if you would like to join our Network!
Charter on Loneliness and Isolation
Compiled by Cwm Taf Managing Volunteers Forum, November 2018
Before meeting interested parties we will:
- Promote the benefits of volunteering in reducing loneliness and isolation (eg via case studies)
- Ensure people who are lonely and isolated know that we are available to help
- Look to develop informal entry points to our organisations (eg Coffee mornings, drop ins etc)
- Better inform ourselves of other friendly social entry points to the Third Sector
When receiving enquiries about volunteering we will:
- Make immediate contact with the interested parties
- Acknowledge their interest
- Offer informal face to face meetings at home, at the office, in public places
- Offer support with the completion of forms
Should the volunteering placement prove unsuitable we will:
- Discuss alternative entry points to the Third Sector which could lead to volunteering
- Encourage engagement with friendly social settings within the Third Sector
- Refer clients to Interlink or VAMT’s Volunteer Centre or Community Coordinators
- Encourage positivity and build on the client’s interests and abilities