Volunteering has many rewards. The sense of achievement and satisfaction gained from helping individuals who are unwell to make steps towards leading a better quality of life is immense. Volunteering also helps the volunteer through the gaining of experience and new skills, support and evidence for job applications and making new links with people.
At Space2Create we aim to support and develop our volunteers. This might be through in house training or training courses run by other organisations. We work closely with the Cumbria Voluntary Service (CVS) to support and develop volunteers.
Some volunteers come to us as part of a course or for work experience. Students in the fields of social care, mental health, psychology, art and education will find the experience gained working with service users valuable in their development of working face to face with individuals or groups.
Some volunteers move on from being a service user. As service users improve their wellbeing and gain confidence they begin to take a more active part in Space2Create. If we feel they are able to cope and it will help them develop and recover further we make them a Service User Volunteer which is a very supported role.