Volunteers Week has given us the opportunity to thank our kind and caring volunteers who gift Kibble their precious time. Throughout 2023, we have welcomed 10 new volunteers across our organisation.
It is a great commitment to volunteer with Kibble. Although we do not ask for specific qualifications or experience, the voluntary role does require mandatory specialist training involving online and classroom-based courses. Kibble must ensure all volunteers are trained to the highest standard, understand the overall mission, vision and values as well as possess a genuine drive to make a difference to the lives of children and young people. Volunteers receive full support from Kibble’s staff team as there is great respect and appreciation for their voluntary efforts.
“Beginning to volunteer with Kibble was straightforward as they kept in regular contact with me and explained everything clearly. Joan was warm and welcoming from day one.
“I enjoyed the training courses, and I had plenty of time to complete them. My first onsite visit was great, I was put at ease, all the staff chatted to me, I asked questions, and I was given a tour.”
In return for the donation of time, volunteers gain a great sense of pride in helping others, it is a rewarding and fulfilling experience leading to a sense of purpose, gratitude, and happiness. Volunteers further develop skills and discover new talents – learning to listen and consider other people’s feelings, encouraging those who need extra support to believe in themselves.
“To me, every child deserves love, respect, and the opportunity for a bright future. If I can be part of helping a young person to get the most from life then I’d be hugely rewarded.”
Among the 10 new volunteers are University students studying psychology. By spending time within Kibble’s Specialist Intervention Services (SIS) team, their learning continues in a practical setting. Many volunteers want to wholeheartedly join in and have fun with children and young people, becoming a helping hand to the staff team and being part of the exciting activities and experiences.
“The staff have been really encouraging and I now feel I can take the lead on doing activities I enjoy, such as baking. It’s great when young people show enthusiasm for joining in.”
One volunteer has been inspired by their time at Kibble to change their career and qualify as a Child and Youth Care Worker through our Career Start training programme, confirming that creating new friendships with Kibble’s dedicated staff team and brilliant children and young can be life.
Volunteer with Kibble
If you feel motivated to volunteer with Kibble, we’d love to hear from you.