In 2017 we had 69 local volunteers helping us in our work. 55 of these volunteers were active in our projects and 14 helped behind the scenes. They contributed 2,479 hours over the course of the year. Our volunteers have a wide variety of life experience and skills; all are DBS checked.
Most tend to stay with ECL for a long time, building lasting relationships with members.
We train local sixth formers as volunteers. As well as successfully raising awareness amongst this generation of the problems faced by people with autism and/or a learning disability, the members themselves respond well to younger people. In the words of one student volunteer:
“I help out each Monday evening, when everyone plays boardgames and enjoys an atmosphere that is always very warm, friendly and welcoming. Volunteering was unlike anything I had done before – through my experiences with ECL I’ve gained and greatly improved many skills, particularly those involving communication.”
Without this amazing commitment from members of our local community we could not continue to offer the breadth of opportunities to our members.
Being a volunteer is fun and rewarding. If you’re interested, or just want to find out more, please come along or call 01932 241988 or 07981 450320.
You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org