Hi I'm Wayne
I am passionate about the benefits of volunteering and the inclusion of people with learning disabilities within the local community.
Volunteers have always been the lifeblood of what we offer - All Part of Life is our five-year project to develop volunteering at Reach. From our early days volunteers have helped enhance the services we offer. Now funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for a major grant is enabling us to build on our learning and best practice to further develop volunteering at Reach. We are now in the second year of our project, which we call ‘All Part of Life’.
My role involves creating and developing new and existing relationships with colleagues, clients, volunteers and organisations (both local and national) to promote and progress volunteering opportunities across Reach.
Please do get in touch with me any time.
All Part of Life Activities
Here are just a few examples of what's been happening in the project so far....
Since our new Reach red van arrived in 2020 (funded by the National Lottery Community Fund), we've driven over 5,000 miles and recruited two new volunteer drivers
Developing relationships with other community organisations to identify joint volunteering opportunities
Supporting Flower Pod Newark volunteers who have been harvesting vegetables and keeping the site tidy
Working with voluntary agencies to support clients and families during lockdown. Developing partnerships to identify joint working opportunities for the future.
Supporting people with learning disabilities in new volunteering opportunities
Supporting Reach's crisis response delivering wellbeing and activity packs to clients and family carers
Supporting people into independent volunteering in the community
Developing our volunteer strategy and embedding best practice approaches
One of the things that has been hard for all of us during the pandemic has been not seeing our wonderful volunteers face to face for such a long time.
Some of our volunteers have been able to continue supporting us in other ways, like our Flower Pod volunteers who have been tending to the garden at times when they can safely visit. We developed a rota so that we could make the most of the daylight hours while clients are not on site. Other volunteers have been working on projects like our new composting toilet.
Because we are unable to safely welcome volunteers back into our centres just yet, we are making sure we all stay in touch in other ways. We have regular Zoom catch ups, virtual tours of the centres, and volunteer/client one to ones. We also send out a regular newsletter, have a private Facebook group and of course people can keep up to date with what's going on by reading my blog.
Our senior management team are keeping all our current activities under review and we will continue to engage our volunteers in online activities where possible. We're looking forward to a time when we will be able to welcome all our volunteers back into our centres safely.
Read more about our project
- To increase the volunteering hours provided by local people in our centres. We aim to increase from 350 volunteering hours per week currently to 900 per week in 5 years.
- To increase volunteering opportunities for adults with learning disabilities within our centres and in the community
- To improve our recruitment, induction, training and support for volunteers, including researching and piloting best practice approaches.