Celebrating Volunteers Week – Kimberley Bainbridge

Volunteers are not paid because they are worthless, they are not paid because they are priceless

Last week was national volunteer’s week, My Sisters Place celebrated our amazing volunteers within the service.  We realise and value the importance of having volunteers support our service and understand the contribution they provide really makes a difference to the women and children we support within the local community. 

We have a dedicated team of 36 women currently volunteering within our Charity Shop in Captain Cook Square, Counselling and within the office, as volunteers are so vital and play such a key role we have also recruited 12 additional new volunteers. Our volunteers give up their own free time and demonstrate commitment and passion which enhances the services our clients receive.

We recognise that volunteers can develop and gain new experiences within the organisation so it’s important to us that volunteers are given the opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence,  to meet new people and be a part of the community, we listen to their ideas and views and ensure they feel involved.

To show our appreciation and to thank the volunteers for all the hard work over the last year we started the week with an afternoon tea, created a volunteering newsletter, volunteers received a certificate of appreciation and we completed a day in the life of a shop volunteer, carrying out the tasks that a volunteer does on a day to day basis within the shop.  We were also lucky enough to be involved with Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency as part of the ‘shining the light on volunteering’, the torch visited our charity shop to have pictures with the volunteers which was a fantastic opportunity to be part of the bigger volunteering community across Teesside.

If volunteering is something you feel you may be interested in please get in touch as we currently have positions for volunteers within our charity shop.