Six IGS/Specsavers staff spent “A day-to-make-a-difference” supporting volunteers at Spokes in November and a few members of Interserve have taken up volunteering with us on a more casual basis.
Groups like this really do contribute to the Foundation’s aims and to the specific aims of this project. We have seen first hand the benefits it has made to a persons social capital, helping them to get more involved within their local communities.
We have created a set of case studies that demonstrates the benefits of the project, like people meeting up and going out together socially. See our “What People Say page”.
The project manager and CEO attended a Disability Confident event hosted by Fusion Housing (funded by the Building Better Opportunities Fund) where they met other organisations/groups who were also trying to support people with disabilities into paid employment. The Foundation signed up to the Disability Confident Award scheme and to their Charter. Good links were made with other organisations such as Mencap and Steadfast Training.
By year-end over a 10-month period the Foundation had recruited 11 Supported Volunteers.
Through evaluation processes views made by members of this group of Volunteers were recorded.
T said,“ I like things mechanical and I knew a little about bikes when I started. I’ve learned so much more and I’ve never stayed anywhere for long and now look at me, I’ve been here for eight months”
H said, “I was almost frightened to leave the house when I started, I had no confidence and now I can go shopping and I talk to people that I haven’t met before“
J said, “I came along to Spokes because I wanted to experience something new and to broaden my knowledge, which is much better now. I think it could help me to get a job”