Volunteers’ Week 2020
Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity for us to celebrate and thank all our volunteers for the contribution and difference they make… Due to COVID 19, this year is different as we can’t physically be together, however we appreciate and value volunteers all year round.
Last year at Behind Closed Doors we celebrated by holding our quarterly volunteer team meeting and being able to award our longest serving volunteer with a two night stay in a hotel, thanks to Rooms to Reward. This was an unexpected surprise for her, but we thought she deserved it for the seven years (and still going) she had volunteered and the difference she had made to so many people’s lives.
Volunteers have always been part of the Behind Closed Doors service. We have had volunteers who have helped with the important behind the scenes admin tasks and fundraising, but most of the volunteers we have at Behind Closed Doors directly support victims of domestic violence and abuse. All volunteers have intensive training before they even enter the offices, from this they gain a lot of knowledge, share experiences and meet new people.
Why Volunteers are important to Behind Closed Doors?
As a third sector organisation we rely on funding and donations. Volunteers bring extra capacity and support, meaning we can reach out to more victims of domestic violence and abuse.
- In 2015/16, there were around 166,000 voluntary organisations in the UK, most of which rely on volunteers.
- In 2015, volunteering was worth more than £22.6bn to the UK economy. This is equivalent to about 1.2% of GDP. (https://volunteersweek.org/)
Volunteers often bring additional diversity, skills and experience to BCD, for example language skills which mean we can offer direct support to our service users rather than using translators, a deeper understanding of other cultures, helping us to reach out to people who might not generally use services and expertise from their other roles which can transferred to our team.
What do we want Volunteers to get from their role at Behind Closed Doors?
- To have an excellent experience and gain as much experience as they can.
- To feel involved and included at BCD.
- To feel valued as important members of the team.
- To be supported in looking for further experience outside BCD, we rarely get job vacancies but will support new experiences where we can.
- To be able to make a difference, not just to others, but to themselves.
- To feel challenged
Thank you to all our Volunteers