At Impact, we are damn proud of our volunteers as well as their courage and development to try new things, get involved and continue their learning.
We’ve asked a few to let us know what they think about their training, induction and volunteering with Impact:
Our Harry :-)
It was a pleasure to be asked to participate as a volunteer co-facilitator on the last Your Recovery Pathways programme before the summer break.
With limited venue availability, a decision had been made to condense the course into six weeks of 3 days each, as opposed to the standard model of a total of nine 2-day weeks, as I had experienced at the turn of the year.
Fears (or should that be F.E.A.R.s) that it may be too intense for some proved mostly unfounded. The group’s progress was steady and as blossoming as I witnessed in my own Y.R.P., the main drawback only being it was over all too soon. Still, a big advantage our learners received over all previous groups at the end, was immediate enrolment into our new Basecamp online resource, providing a peer support opportunity which hopefully will give them an onwards boost.
On a personal note, I said how this was a pleasure to begin with, however by the end it had become an absolute honour to have shared the journeys of this wonderful group of learners. I look forward to witnessing their continued development as time goes forward, as I am sure they will embrace the learnt tools and techniques to go forward with their lives…
I observed on two separate YOU & Your Recovery Pathways programmes delivered in Bedford & Dunstable. It is my belief that all volunteers would benefit from and should attend at least one YOU programme. As I observed, I was reminded not only of Impacts mission statement, core values and why I am volunteering today, it also has given me, in my personal journey’s infancy, the opportunity to recap & practice the tools I identified, use and why I enrolled way back when…
It is very humbling when observing the nervous, doubtful new learners with no sense of hope and to be reminded, I was just like them and still could be without Impact.
It is amazing to be around others, sharing experiences, watching as they begin to learn & develop (as we all did), sharing in their celebrations’ watching as they begin their own journey, with the realisation that recovery is possible for them too.
We all need to keep Impacting!