As we come towards the end of the calendar year there are many, many reasons to celebrate at Pennine Lancashire Community Farm, including seeing people of all ages, background and abilities develop and grow as individuals. One key aspect, that is a massive point of celebration, is the involvement, ongoing commitment and development of our volunteers.
This year we have engaged over 988 individuals in voluntary activity, registering more than 22,308 voluntary hours, which has the value of over half a million pounds to society. Within this massive voluntary bank we have 72 volunteers who commit to support the activities at Pennine Lancashire Community Farm week in week out.
To enable such a fantastic volunteer pool, we have active volunteer policies which reflect our values:
- Most importantly we recognise that gaining and working with a volunteer is a symbiotic relationship, one where each party works together toward mutual benefit.
- We recognise and support volunteers from all aspects of life, acknowledging some people enter volunteering with a large amount of skills, whilst others are developing and learning new skills through the voluntary process. Furthermore, we have found that it is amazing what skills and knowledge become available to ourselves as we come alongside individuals with diverse needs but often unique skills.
- In line with the above, where possible, we support volunteers to access training and development opportunities from various sources.
- The best person to support a new volunteer is an existing volunteer, or group of existing volunteers, which acknowledges and optimises that vital peer to peer support model.
At this Christmas time I would thank all involved in volunteering activity where after and encourage you and your organisations to recognise the absolute essential role you play.