01 June 2012
Trust shows commitment to volunteers
showed volunteers just how much their contribution is appreciated
at a special 'thank you' event.
New and longstanding volunteers from across the Trust got
together to share their experiences and mark the start of national Volunteers' Week.
The event in Chippenham featured workshops and a 'rap' poetry
performance by Bath volunteer Henry Woods as well as information on
the many volunteer roles available in mental health.
Henry, who organises creative poetry workshops at Hillview
Lodge, said, "I really wanted to do something creative as a
volunteer because that's where my passions lie. I've been a service
user at Hillview Lodge and writing and performing really helped me
believe in myself, so I know how important it is to show that you
can come out the other side."
Acting Chief Executive Paul Miller said the Trust is committed
to supporting volunteers.
"I've always found talking to volunteer groups a very humbling
experience," he said. "To me, everybody that volunteers is a hero
because they choose to put their time and emotion into something
when they don't have to. It's our responsibility as a Trust to make
sure volunteering is a supported and enjoyable experience."
AWP's Voluntary Service Co-ordinator Paul Smith said,
"Volunteers told us how they feel they are putting something
positive into the world and making a real difference to their own
lives and to other people. It was great to hear how much they get
out of it, to be able to take the opportunity to thank them and to
be able to show them just how much the Trust appreciates what they
"It was great to hear their experiences and their ideas for how
we can keep developing opportunities for volunteering."
A huge range of roles are available, from reading to service
users to helping in occupational therapy sessions, peer mentoring
with the drug and alcohol service or even helping in the hospital
shop at Callington Road in Bristol.
Paul is particularly keen to hear from musicians and people
interested in helping service users complete monthly feedback
surveys but the Trust is always pleased to hear from anyone who
would like to get involved in volunteering in any role.
Volunteers can dedicate as much or as little time as they want -
some volunteer for a few hours a month while others volunteer
several times per week.
For more information about volunteering contact 07825 272344 or
Click here to
go to our Volunteering pages.