Over a hundred volunteers and counting!
It’s often said, but still very true to say that as a charity we would not achieve half of what we do without the work of our volunteers.
We have over a 100 regular volunteers who help with everything from reception duties to scrub clearance! Many of them bring experience and specialist knowledge to us, in areas that we might not otherwise have. Volunteering can also lead to employment, as we have proven in recent years, with two volunteers going on to full-time employment with us. Conversely an employee left recently but offered to return to volunteer as and when needed.
The talents, knowledge, skills and energy levels of those aged over 50 are often overlooked and underestimated. I hasten to add that we have a number of volunteers whom are far younger, but the majority I think it is fair to say are over 50 years old. They work extremely hard, enjoy what they do and are dedicated to the Forest of Marston Vale and what it stands for.
Having a successful and dynamic volunteer team doesn’t happen by accident, it is down to two prime factors. Having people who passionately care about what you stand for and want to help. Plus those who are prepared to give their time and effort on a more regular basis to co-ordinate the volunteer force and we are lucky to have both.
I would however hope whilst we ask and get a great deal from our volunteers, we are also able sometimes to give something back in return. I say this after speaking to the family of a volunteer who sadly passed away. They remarked that they believe that his involvement as a volunteer had given him an extra 8 years of life. As it had put a focus back into his life, after losing his wife and then being severely ill himself.
Volunteers are such an important element to our success and therefore are involved in our organisation at every level. From having a nominated Trustee for the charity, to volunteers involved in the planning and decision making at team meetings. As a separately constituted organisation, they have their own financial accounts and management team, raising funds independently and deciding when and where those funds are best spent.
As a charity we wouldn’t be able to achieve half the things we do without this highly organised and efficient additional workforce – thank you one and all.Tags: activities, bedfordshire, Forest volunteers, volunteers