Crawley Community & Voluntary Service (CCVS)

Case Studies

Choosing the best volunteering option

Choosing the best volunteering option

The Challenge

Last year, Shelley from Volunteer Crawley met with a potential volunteer who was interested in buddying or friendship work.

The Solution

They had an in-depth chat, which helped Lynne to narrow down her options and Shelley suggested the Stroke Association, who’s clients who were having difficulties with their language. “My role is to get to know clients, chat to them and help them to participate in games and activities,” says Lynne. She faced a steep learning curve learning how to communicate well with her clients, but she is finding the work rewarding and has now increased the time she spends volunteering. “It’s been great getting to know clients, and to realise how much they get out of it too. There’s so much need out there. Volunteering has really opened my eyes to it. My stint volunteering helped me gain valuable experience in working with vulnerable adults and I think it helped me when I was looking for work as I was able to demonstrate up to date practical communication skills to my employer.”

“Liaison is in my opinion the most significant role you have and ESSENTIAL. The Crawley Housing & Homelessness Forum has been a great source of information”

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