Hi I'm Wayne
I am passionate about the benefits of volunteering and the inclusion of people with learning disabilities within the local community.
Volunteers have always been the lifeblood of what we offer - All Part of Life is our five-year project to develop volunteering at Reach. From our early days volunteers have helped enhance the services we offer. Now funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for a major grant is 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’.
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.
All Part of Life Activities
Here are just a few examples of what's been happening in the project so far....
Our Reach red van (funded by the National Lottery Community Fund), helped us to support people with learning disabilities and their families in the early days of the pandemic
Developing relationships with other community organisations to identify joint volunteering opportunities
Supporting Flower Pod Newark volunteers who have been harvesting vegetables and keeping the site tidy
Working with voluntary agencies to support clients and families - developing partnerships to identify joint working opportunities for the future
Supporting people with learning disabilities in new volunteering opportunities
Supporting Reach's crisis response delivering wellbeing and activity packs to clients and family carers
Supporting people into independent volunteering in the community
Developing our volunteer strategy and embedding best practice approaches
One of the things that was hard for all of us during the pandemic was not seeing our wonderful volunteers face to face for such a long time.
Some of our volunteers were able to continue supporting us in other ways, like our Flower Pod volunteers who tended to the garden at times when they could safely visit. We developed a rota so that we could make the most of the daylight hours while clients were not on site. Other volunteers worked on projects like our pilot Volunteers’ Driver scheme and rota.
By the autumn, volunteers gradually began to return to centres safely. We are proud of how we supported volunteers during the pandemic and how they continued to support us: from joining online classes and socials via Zoom to building a self-composting toilet at Flower Pod which you can read more about here.
Thank you to all our volunteers – we couldn’t do it without you!
Read more about our project
- To increase the volunteering hours provided by local people in our centres. We aim to increase from 350 volunteering hours per week currently to 900 per week in 5 years.
- To increase volunteering opportunities for adults with learning disabilities within our centres and in the community
- To improve our recruitment, induction, training and support for volunteers, including researching and piloting best practice approaches.