Empowering Volunteers Project

Empowering Volunteers project, funded by Impact Funding was delivered by Active Life Club to increase volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged groups.  It was opened to age 16 and over with exceptions to under 16. The project targeted individuals from black and ethnic minority (BME) communities, low income backgrounds, and young people under and over with exceptions to under 16 and recruited a Volunteer Development Officer, Amani Afzal, to oversee the efforts.

So far, the project has had a number of positive outcomes for volunteers, the organisation, and the community. There has been increased awareness of social issues such as mental health within the younger age groups and the BME community, and the volunteers have reported improved health, wellbeing, and self-esteem. The project has also helped to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness among the volunteers, and has provided them with the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in a chosen field.

In addition, the Empowering Volunteers project has helped to increase the confidence and skills of the volunteers, particularly in areas such as communication, leadership, and organisation. Some volunteers have even had the opportunity to take on leadership roles and practice working as a team, which has helped to improve their employability skills.

Overall, the Empowering Volunteers project has had a number of positive impacts on the volunteers, the organisation, and the community, and has helped to create positive social change.

This role continues to allow the Volunteer Development Officer to dedicate their efforts to identifying training opportunities and supervising volunteers. This project has and will continue to recruit and develop volunteers, mainly from black and ethnic minority (BME) communities, who experience disadvantage and barriers to volunteering. Young people (under 16) and those from low income background were also targeted as part of the recruitment strategy.