Benefits

  • Reduced isolation and loneliness due to enhanced social connections and opportunities to have their voice heard.
  • Raised aspirations for the future due to increased skills and confidence in being able to share their skills and expertise.
  • A greater sense of belonging to the community through contributing to their community as active citizens.
  • A greater sense of independence and autonomy with more control over their own choices.

Wayne Volunteer Manager smilingWAYNE WILMOT
VOLUNTEER MANAGER

I am passionate about the benefits of volunteering and the inclusion of people with learning disabilities within the local community.

Prior to working at Reach I spent twenty-five years working within the legal industry, initially for the Legal Services Commission (Legal Aid Board) and finally for Gowlings LLP in London. I then moved into teaching, working with vulnerable young people and people with learning disabilities.

My role involves creating and developing new and existing relationships with colleagues, clients, volunteers and organisations (both local and national) to promote and progress volunteering opportunities across Reach.

To achieve this I have been:

  • Liaising with local authorities, Newark & Mansfield CVS’ to promote Reach and volunteer opportunities within Reach
  • Developing relationships with local organisations keen to offer volunteering positions for Reach clients (a recent success being a Flower Pod client starting a placement at a local garden centre)
  • Expanding opportunities within Brackenhurst and Nottingham Trent University via open days and student workshops
  • Communicating with existing Reach volunteers and clients to ensure they are aware of volunteering roles and opportunities
  • Promoting Reach at SEN schools/colleges
  • Researching and collating quotations for a Reach vehicle (a further part of the Lottery Funding award)

If you are interested in volunteering within Reach or if you are in a position to offer Reach clients a volunteering opportunity, you can contact me by emailing Wayne.Wilmot@reachuk.org or give me a call on 01636 819066, I'd love to hear from you.

You can read Wayne's blog here to find out how he's been supporting clients and family carers during the coronavirus crisis.

Developing volunteering

WAYNE
VOLUNTEER MANAGER


Hello, I’m Wayne.


I am passionate about the benefits of volunteering and the inclusion of people with learning disabilities within the local community.

All Part of Life is our five-year project to develop volunteering at Reach. Volunteers have always been the lifeblood of what we offer at Reach. From our early days volunteers have helped enhance the services we offer. Funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for a major grant is now enabling us to build on our learning and best practice to further develop volunteering at Reach. We are now in the second year of our project, which we call ‘All Part of Life’.


Project Aims:

  • Increase volunteering hours provided by local people in our centres
  • Increase volunteering opportunities for adults with learning disabilities
  • Improve our recruitment, induction, training and support for volunteers.

Prior to working at Reach I spent twenty-five years working within the legal industry, initially for the Legal Services Commission (Legal Aid Board) and finally for Gowlings LLP in London. I then moved into teaching, working with vulnerable young people and people with learning disabilities.

My role involves creating and developing new and existing relationships with colleagues, clients, volunteers and organisations (both local and national) to promote and progress volunteering opportunities across Reach.

Please do get in touch with me any time.

    Wayne

    07823 337124

    wayne.wilmot@reachuk.org

    Volunteer Stories

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    Preparing afternoon tea packsHow our volunteers are still supporting us through the Coronavirus Crisis

    One of the things that has been hard for all of us during the pandemic has been not seeing our wonderful volunteers face to face for so long.

    Some of our volunteers have been able to continue with supporting us in other ways, like our Flower Pod volunteers who have been tending to the garden at times when they can safely visit the site when it is closed to clients. We have a particularly dedicated group of volunteers who appear as if by magic, sometimes before the sun has even made an appearance and put in a couple of hours of weeding before clients start to arrive on site.

    Because of this we've been trying to make sure our volunteers can stay in touch with what is going on at Reach in other ways. We have regular Zoom catch ups, virtual tours of the centres, and volunteer/client one to ones. We also send out a regular newsletter, have a private Facebook group and of course people can keep up to date with what's going on by reading my blog.