Volunteering is a great way to look outside your own problems. Giving back to makes you happier by both giving you a sense of purpose and helping to put your problems in perspective.
– Karen Salmansohn
At Pennine Lancashire Community Farm we are deeply indebted to the hundreds of voluntary hours given each year. We’ve calculated that if such work was paid at the National Living Wage rates this times would be worth in excess of £350,000 pa. Needless to say the charity would not be the same without the ongoing commitment of so many people. Which is one of the reasons why we like to give something back to our volunteers. It might be trips out, festive food, or opportunities to expand their skills through training.
Over the last year our volunteers have undertook a mixture of formal (accredited) and informal training which has included:
- First Aid
- Green Woodworking
- Mental Health First Aid
Andy, one of our volunteers said, “For me the training gives me a better chance of getting a job”.
We are looking to expand these opportunities next year, adding to our list of training partners to ensure that many who have previously not had the chances to add to their skills get something back for their efforts.