Volunteering @ Caswell

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We have a lot of different volunteer opportunities within the clinic and in the community. Our internal voluntary roles include tasks like preparing materials and resources for OT groups and keeping therapy rooms clean and tidy. The voluntary roles available across the clinic include: kitchen maintenance, pottery, woodwork, art and craft, gym and sports hall, gardening, library, car maintenance and the patient shop.

Some of our external roles include the Greener Glanrhyd project, the Allotment and Litter Picking which take place in local areas. In the community some patients have volunteered at the local Foodbank and others in local charity shops and businesses which have been a great success.

Volunteering provides an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful work experience and develop important life skills.

From a Volunteer’s View
One of our popular volunteer roles at the clinic is Litter Picking which aims to keep our local areas looking tidy and welcoming. Here’s what one of our regular litter pickers Aseef had to say about the role:

Tell us about the role
Well it’s in the name really – Litter Picking.

What do you enjoy about it?
I enjoy putting something back into the community. It feels satisfying when we collect a lot of litter and have cleared big areas.

Would you recommend this role? Why?
Yes, it’s quite therapeutic. You get to go out, do something constructive and lose yourself in the moment.

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Our fantastic Foodbank volunteers help out weekly at the local Foodbank. It has been very busy this year with all of our volunteer roles being full. One of our regular volunteers Jamie shares his experience of volunteering at the Foodbank:

Tell us about the role
It’s quite rewarding and it’s nice to help other people. It feels good to give something back. At first I didn’t think it was for me, but when I did it I really enjoyed it. From the very first day I wanted to do it again and again. The staff are friendly too and are always welcoming.

Would you recommend this role? Why?
Definitely. Even if you don’t think it’s for you, give it a go first and then see what you think. You might surprise yourself like I did!

Jamie now volunteers almost every week and offers to fill in if anyone drops out last minute. Supporting the local foodbank and individuals in the local community has been an extremely rewarding voluntary role for our patients in the clinic. It provides an opportunity for our patients to gain work experience, learn new skills and develop positive working relationships with others. If you are interested in a voluntary role either in the clinic or in the community, please get in touch with your OT.

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Quote from https://bridgend.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/

We want to make sure that no one in our local community has to go hungry, but we need your help to make this happen. Your gift of financial support, time, business partnership and food can make a real difference.