We rely on our volunteers -
Local people who give their time in a variety of ways to support our work.
You can volunteer to support us by:
Sitting on the Board of Trustees
Helping out at one of our Centres
The CVA Resource Centre, for example, has a team of reception volunteers who are often the first point of contact for people using our services. We offer training and support which has helped many of our volunteers find paid work.
Supporting CVA Networks
You could also get involved in a huge variety of projects as active citizens such as the Mental Health Forum, or become a representative for the Children, Young People and Families' Network.
We invest in Volunteer Management:
CVA Trustees and Staff are committed to providing a high quality volunteering experience. We know that we benefit hugely by having volunteers involved with our work. Some of the key benefits have been indentified as:
- our volunteers bring insight and empathy to our project delivery
- we can access skills and expertise
- we can model effective volunteer involvement
- because it helps people get a foot on the ladder by offering experience and training
- it links us directly to our local community
- volunteers help us deliver more services, more efficiently
- we can invest in the future by developing the skills and knowledge of our community
How CVA supports and celebrates volunteers
However someone contributes their time to CVA, they will receive support and recognition. We have a formal CVA Volunteer Policy and Procedure, this includes recruitment processes, induction and support systems. When a project involves people in a more informal way appropriate support provisions will have been put in place. CVA is keen to encourage involvement and participation in a variety of flexible ways. We celebrate and recognise the value of our volunteers in a variety of ways, some recent examples include:
- British Sign Language introductory session for CVA volunteers
- Nominations for the local Civic Awards
- Celebrating seasonal events like Christmas
- Making a record of positive volunteering stories