Here are just a selection of our corporate and individual volunteers and how they have made such a difference to Diverse Abilities.
Barclays - corporate volunteer
Barclays Global Payments in Poole started supporting Diverse Abilities in October 2013. Staff members have been involved with volunteering projects and also provide funds.
Since the team started supporting Diverse Abilities they have refurbished the interior of Coping with Chaos, created a sensory garden and painted fences, and areas of the exterior at Langside School, raised money with a raffle and dress down day, individual employees have offered skills and provided gifts in kind (e.g. noticeboards for Coping with Chaos, stationery for Central Office and a Boris bike.
The team have made a difference by creating a fresh, welcoming environment for the children at Coping with Chaos and the sensory garden at Langside School offers an outdoor sensory experience for children. In addition the manpower, free skills and expertise is something that Diverse Abilities really appreciates.
Barclays Global Payments have provided Diverse Abilities £2,500 in grants for volunteering projects, raised £1,600 for Langside and provided approximately 200 hours of their time, which is just amazing.
Terry Watts - individual volunteer
Terry has been volunteering at Langside School for February 2011 years. He is the school’s handyman and undertakes carpentry, DIY, gardening and more! He also gets roped into taking part in the school’s annual Christmas play!
Terry makes a difference to Diverse Abilities by carrying out a lot of jobs for Langside School that would otherwise have to be funded for and thanks to Terry these funds can be used on the vital services provided to the children. Terry ensures that the school is welcoming for pupils and visitors and that the school is a safe environment for the children. His great work maintains the fabric of the building for the future and its ever changing needs.
Darren Stein - individual volunteer
Darren started volunteering at Barnabas, Diverse Abilities adult day opportunity service, in September 2014 and gives one or two days a week of his time.
He is a buddy volunteer which involves him helping an adult Diverse Abilities supports to take part in activities at Barnabas, e.g. wheelchair dancing, bingo. Darren also provides 1:1 support to individuals by reading, playing jigsaws and having a coffee and a chat.
Darren has made a difference by enabling people the charity supports to adults that do not have 1:1 support. He gives the 1:1 attention to the adult which they benefit from. It provides the person company and gives them the opportunity to undertake more activities while at Barnabas.
Hannah Fielding - individual volunteer
Hannah has been volunteering for Diverse Abilities since 2010 with the Diverse Abilities Advice Team as an advisor. Her role then progressed to supporting the fundraising team and becoming a governor at Langside School.
Most recently Hannah volunteers as a charity ambassador, attends talks and presentations promoting the charity. She helps with training and attends community events to raise funds and awareness of Diverse Abilities. Hannah also undertook a skydive in aid of Diverse Abilities in 2013 and raised over £5,000 for the charity.
As an ambassador, Hannah helps to raise awareness of Diverse Abilities great work which helps to encourage more people to support the charity or access the services provided. As a trainer, she provides real life experiences for new employees to help them understand what it is like to have a disability and enables them to perform their roles better.