With this continued support A Way Out has not only been able to develop the work of our projects, but has also developed our volunteer expertise, in fact A Way Out has won awards for delivery of volunteer training and just last month one of our volunteers won an external award for her endeavours in volunteering.The journey of an A Way Out volunteer often commences with initial contact with the organization either:
· Via our website or social media· By reading our monthly gazette column
· By attending an event or church service featuring the work of A Way Out
· Through contact with one of the local universities
· Or by word of mouth, inspired by an existing volunteer
Potential volunteers are requested to undertake our comprehensive training course, having the option to apply for accreditation via the awarding body ONE AWARDS.Once trained and DBS checked the volunteer is ready to go!
They can help out in many ways:· work alongside our Women’s team during our drop-in and outreach
· support our Youth Team at the weekly RELOAD sessions
· pack food parcels
· help out on Reception
· or give a hand in the Cave café with the local Sandwich round.
Some volunteers stay with us for a while and then move on, others stay around for much longer…An example of this is one of our Women’s Project volunteers who has now almost completed her medical training, yet still travels from her home in Durham each week to assist the team with evening outreach. This offers valuable consistency in the lives of the women with whom we work.
There are two amazing gentlemen who arrive like clockwork early on Monday mornings to pack 30-40 food parcels for our drop in for vulnerable women. One of these gentlemen has volunteered with A Way Out for the last 5 years and travels in to Stockton from Sedgefield on public transport each week.
The dedication of these two gentlemen, along with the rest of our volunteers is so very valuable and goes to prove that – “Volunteers are unpaid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!”