Volunteering – Vacation or Vocation
Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer.Allen Klein 1931–2009
ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS YOU CAN GIVE SOMEONE IS SIMPLY TO BE THERE WITH SOME ENCOURAGEMENT
We take many things for granted in life, when things are going right for us, but things can change, sometimes in an instant, and Vee’s Place is there for whoever needs our help and support.
When I started the PLC Activity Club, (as we were previously called), I never expected that just few months later the membership would be in the hundreds and we would be looking for larger premises. Since that time, I have had some amazing people come through the doors doing voluntary work for our member.
DO YOU HAVE SOME TIME TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP OTHERS?
If you want to make a change in someone’s life with either practical or emotional support we would like to hear from you. Volunteering is a great way to gain current and relevant skills.
Vee’s Place is an award-winning Charity and has been blessed to have received in excess of £100,000 over the last few years. Without these amazing kind and generous people donating money to us, we could not survive.
Donations come in all shapes and sizes. and I want to now illustrate how volunteers donating their time and skills can keep our Charity afloat as well. This is just one story which is relevant because it concerns the website you are looking at right now.
A chance encounter and what it means to our charity.
Leslie walked in to my office with a colleague from another Charity, the Mals Merseyside Charity, also in Prescot not far from us. Clare Donohue is the CEO of the Mals Merseyside Charity and someone I know and trust. She told me about one of her volunteers who has some computer skills.
At our meeting, I found this a little understated as his experience comes from a background as a Military Training Officer, Civil Servant, Contract Manager, Business Owner, Corporate Director and Music Teacher amongst other things.
He is currently studying with the Open University, as an undergraduate to gain a BSc. Degree in Computing & IT.
Leslie came to Clare’s attention as he is a service-user. Leslie’s life fell apart after an accident added a physical disability to the clinical depression he has struggle with since the early 1990’s. He had to stop working in 2014 after nearly forty years.
Leslie’s first contribution for us
Leslie created Clare’s Mals Merseyside’s new website. www.malsmerseyside.co.uk and helped then with their IT.
Looking at the related work for the next 12 months on the right of the screen, over the next 12 months, how much do you think a business would be charged commercially for this website, and of course the one you are looking at now?
The are items on the right are billable services a business would usually be invoiced for. The answer is £4-7k over 12 months.
There is no way a community charity can afford anything like this amount of money. Even though a website is vital today, imagine how I felt when I saw this website a few days later.
That is just one example of how many volunteers have kept Vee’s Place moving forward over the years. There are so many volunteers over the years who worked tirelessly together to help refurbish our building and make it a place people enjoy coming to, they will have similar personal stories tell. The volunteers who give their time to support, teach and inspire, those who run the activities, drive the minibus, and make the refreshments, do not do so for money, they do it to help.
Human beings can have great compassion, empathy and be very generous with their time and money when they can see for themselves the resulting happiness their efforts give others. I have tried to demonstrate the importance and need for volunteers within an organisation like the Vee’s Place Community Centre.
Apart from the giving, there is an abundance of receiving when you volunteer. Aside from the obvious gratitude from myself, the service-users and the Charity Trustees, there are advantages that perhaps you may not have considered.
Get in Touch?
If your organisation is not shown here, please accept my sincere apologies if your logo has is missing. This website was created on the 22nd May 2017 and we have a new volunteer, Leslie Fletcher who is a skilled web developer and experienced online marketer. Unfortunately, he is working with old and incomplete files due to the change in personnel.
We urgently need your Graphic File and the URL where you would like the logo should link back to to bring our website up to date. As a thank you for your support, (and as we now have an expert volunteering for us), we would like to repay your generosity in a small way by publishing article features of how your donations has helped Vee’s Place. Eventually these articles will be high traffic and a valuable marketing asset once this website matures.
If you have any promotional material, (including video and PDF files), representing your organisation, please send them to my web developer by email, directly to; email@example.com. If these files exceed the data size limit many email servers impose on us, email Leslie and he will provide you with a securely encrypted Dropbox link where you can send us your files of choice.
If you refer you can also contact me using the contact page on the website.
Thank you for your understanding and past generosity towards Vee’s Place, Prescot and Merseyside’s Community Resource Center – Verity Rhodes, Founder and Centre Manager