Young woman’s plea for more volunteers in Tamworth
A 23-year-old woman is urging more people to volunteer for a Staffordshire based charity to ensure that a monthly activity club, for disabled children, remains open in Tamworth.
Lauren Riding who works as an Administrative Associate, in Health Care Professional and Patient Engagement, has been volunteering for Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, for over a year.
Since volunteering for the charity she has provided support at three of Caudwell Children’s Activity Clubs in Burton, Lichfield and Tamworth.
The Activity Clubs give participants aged 8-18, with a disability or special need, the chance to enjoy a range of exciting activities focusing on ‘the world around us’ and they include a variety of crafts, games and exercises.
But with four volunteers needed to run the club at Elford Village Hall, Church Road, Tamworth, the charity needs three further individuals to step forward and volunteer their services to ensure that the monthly sessions take place.
“The clubs are vital in helping disabled children to get out of the house and make new friends,” said Lauren. “They also help children to develop their skills, confidence and self-esteem so it’s incredibly important that the charity continues to deliver the clubs.”
Lauren, from Burton-on-Trent, says that volunteers also get a great deal out of giving their time to charitable causes. As she enthused: “I can’t put into words how volunteering has helped me to develop as an individual and it’s helped me to build my confidence in working with children with a number of different conditions and abilities.
“It’s also extremely rewarding when you develop friendships with the children and you begin to get a better understanding of their condition.
“Supporting children on a one to one basis during the sessions also helps you to realise just how much they enjoy the activity clubs, so I’m urging people to consider helping out just once a month.
“You only need to give a couple of hours at each session and you’ll meet like-minded people and make friends for life, like my volunteer co-ordinator who is always there to provide support and guidance.”
Lauren says that the Volunteer Management Team at Caudwell Children are just an email or phone call away to deal with any questions or concerns the volunteers have, no matter how big or small.
“Whatever your background or experience if you’re thinking about volunteering I’d say just go for it!” concluded Lauren. “Just pop down to one session to see what we do, or visit all our activity clubs to see which one you prefer.
“I can guarantee you won’t regret it and you’ll get so much pleasure from getting involved.”
To find out more about volunteering for Caudwell Children call Becky Deri, Short Breaks Manager at Caudwell Children, on 01782 433613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find out more about Caudwell Children’s Activity Club’s here.