This week is Volunteering Week, find out what volunteering means to one of our volunteers, Sherrelle Poole.
We all love cake; a sweet treat never fails to bring a SMILE and that’s one of the many reasons why I volunteer for Spectrum People!
Alongside Becky Pendle, who is also a volunteer, I help to run a coffee and cake drop-in for vulnerable adults from across the Wakefield District – individuals who are being offered help and support for substance and alcohol misuse through Spectrum Community Health.
For me volunteering started out as an opportunity to do more in the community and to support my university degree in social policy and crime, but it has ended up helping me to find my niche and do something that I enjoy and am genuinely passionate about.
Just once a week our café provides a much needed get-together for Spectrum’s service users; sometimes for a chat, sometimes for a little extra help and to access healthcare services, but mostly to be social. These are simple, everyday past times that most of us take for granted, but for vulnerable adults who are often isolated, these are difficult but worthwhile first steps back into a normal everyday life.
That’s why I volunteer.
Spectrum Community Health is passionate about improving lives by helping vulnerable people. Through its status as a social enterprise Spectrum delivers healthcare services including offering expert advice, care and treatment for substance and alcohol misuse. The team also manages a range of meaningful activities which support and enhance recovery.
Through Spectrum People, which is the community involvement and volunteering arm of Spectrum, volunteers just like me help Spectrum to make a difference.
Through Spectrum People the team got a real feel for what I wanted to do and how I wanted to help before pointing me in the direction of the Café in Pontefract. For me this is a crucial part of the volunteering process as it helps you to find a place and project that suits you too, one that you can genuinely commit to. At Spectrum there’s lots going on and definitely something that would suit anyone who is looking to lend a hand and offer a few hours of their time on an on-going basis.
Everyone has their own reasons for volunteering which is why it’s really important to volunteer through an organisation that you value. For me I wanted to work with vulnerable people. I also liked Spectrum’s approach, it’s new and innovative and its team is filled with enthusiasm and is truly committed; you often find the team members volunteering out of their working hours too. I’m proud to be a part of that and feel like a valued member of the Spectrum team.
If you want to volunteer I’d say give it a go. There are a great many organisations that need extra help; all they ask is that you are committed, which is why it’s important to spend some time thinking about what you want to do and who you want to work with.
If that happens to be Spectrum, why not give us a call for an informal chat? Contact Ursula Kennett on 01924 311417 for more information.