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
- Get involved in one of our projects
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.
The Volunteer Centre is based in Centrale shopping centre and is open 6 days/week. The role at the centre is varied and offers opportunities to gain experience using databases and customer service.
CVA also has a number of projects that we run including Appropriate Adult and After Care support for Clients with Alcohol and Substance misuse.
CVA Trustee role provides you with a chance to bring your expertise to support and shape the work and strategic direction of the organisation.
We offer training and support relevant to the projects which has helped many of our volunteers find paid work.
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 identified 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:
- Nominations for the local Civic Awards
- Celebrating seasonal events like summer picnics and Christmas
- Attending celebrations for Awards like The Queens Award for Voluntary Service, Police Accommodation for Appropriate Adult Volunteering Scheme
- Recognition schemes like ValueYou
Find out about volunteering with CVA.