A short month due to Christmas, however plenty to do at the Foundation with Lead Volunteers continuing working with the Supported Volunteers/Trainees in small groups and in some cases 1:1. Our Lead Volunteers not only support by offering learning in building bikes, growing plants and assembling wooden items, they also help them in building self confidence in everyday situations. A lot of this happens through conversation they have while working along side them. This month the talk has been about the lead up to Christmas, talking about shopping, talking about parties, talking about relationships and visiting families and friends.
We had a great opportunity to show what we are doing in the project when Funding Officer from the Big Lottery Tamsin visited us.
In just under 2 years during which the Reaching Out project has been running 29 Supported Volunteers have joined the project and taken the opportunity to participate in the three workplace services on offer staying for different lengths of time. Each and everyone has gained new or improved existing skills and everyone has reported enjoying what they do improving their self confidence and social abilities
A wonderful Lead Volunteer Vincent decided to hang up his trowel and retire from volunteering. He has been a great inspiration and to many supported volunteers and a friend to everyone.