Help at Hand Success

A volunteering project in North Warwickshire is well on track to helping two hundred people benefit from voluntary work.

The Help at Hand project is now in its final year and has seen a record number of people sign up to help other people in their communities in various ways.

So far over a hundred and seventy people have signed up to the Volunteer Centre North Warwickshire’s flagship project that helps sick, elderly and disabled people in across the Borough.

The project was set up four years ago, after the centre secured funding from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund.

Working in different areas, the project has created teams that can help with gardening, DIY, befriending and dog walking. Recently a workshop has been set up where volunteers can learn wood work skills. They have produced some colourful bird tables for the community and are now looking at building some wooden nativity sets for Christmas.

Workshop - Volunteer Painting

Centre Manager Martin Horner said “Help at Hand is now in its fifth and final year. We have made changes over the years to how it is run focusing on what skills people can offer to the project and what help us needed, but overall it is great to see so many people come forward to help and volunteer in North Warwickshire.”

The project has also seen volunteering teams form through the centre’s White Hart Tea Room and Allotment projects. A successful catering team has formed where volunteers make up buffets for community groups and organisations. They recently provided the buffet for the Volunteer Centre’s Annual General Meeting.

Martin added “these are volunteer run projects where some volunteers have come forward as leaders and have been given the opportunity, through Help at Hand, to go on relevant training courses. This has helped boost their self-confidence and expanded their skill base. We would like to thank everyone who has volunteered on the project so far”

Volunteering can help people in many ways and people come forward to help out for many different reasons. Over the years people have used the experience to put on their CVs, give something back to their community as well as make new friends.

Help at Hand will continue to work across North Warwickshire for the next six months, particularly in the smaller villages. The project is always looking for more people to come forward to volunteer.

It is hoped that everyone will continue to volunteer when the project comes to an end in March 2016. The centre is doing its best to look at future funding to keep some of the popular projects going.

For more information about the Help at Hand project and volunteering in North Warwickshire, you can contact Martin Horner on 01827 717073 or go to the website www.vcnw.org.uk.