TimeBank Volunteer Newsletter July 2020Julia Shipston
|We had some exciting plans for this year – our 20th anniversary – when the UK was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve had to rethink how our volunteering projects can support those communities that are most vulnerable and isolated – and adapt quickly to new ways of working.|
TimeBank has delivered face-to-face mentoring for ex-servicemen, women and families in Scotland for the last six years – supporting those who are struggling to adjust to civilian life and reducing their social and economic isolation.
Last year we were able to secure funding from the Forces in Mind Trust to trial an innovative approach to mentoring. This involved carefully matching trained volunteers with beneficiaries to mentor them using online video technology. We are very excited to be able to support veterans through this new online volunteering project and hope to use the model to support other disadvantaged groups. Read more here.
Invited to a Tea Party!
We’ve all been reliant on the internet to keep in touch with friends and family during the pandemic, so imagine how difficult it has been for those who can’t use technology. We’ve created opportunities for corporate volunteers to support isolated older people through Zoom Techy Tea Parties where guests can ask questions about the things they’re finding challenging, such as downloading apps, setting up new devices and using streaming services. See how it works here.
We’ve also been matching skilled volunteers with community organisations which need support with finance, HR, marketing and more through our Local Connections pilot. Volunteers offer a few hours of their time on video calls to chat through issues and future plans to help people like Funmi from Barking Foodbank take the first steps towards hiring apprentices. Do take a look here. We’re particularly looking for volunteers with fundraising experience so do get in touch if you’d like to get involved: [email protected]
Hear from our volunteers and beneficiaries
Over the last 20 years, we’ve worked with thousands of amazing volunteers and beneficiaries on our social action projects. With a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund we’re recording their experiences to show just how much how different communities contribute to our society. They have some inspiring stories to tell – have a listen here.
Campaigning for a mentally healthier society
Research shows the pandemic has inflicted a heavy toll on the nation’s mental health. Months of social isolation, soaring levels of anxiety and the acute distress of bereavement have exacerbated existing health inequalities and these are expected to be compounded by the financial insecurity faced by households across the country. TimeBank is proud to be part of a major coalition of voluntary and social sector organisations that has written to the Prime Minister calling on the Government to establish a Mental Health Renewal plan in response to Covid-19. Take a look here.
During Volunteers’ Week in June we published a series of blogs about the fantastic work our volunteers are doing during lockdown. Do take a look.
|Keep in touch!|
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All best wishes from the TimeBank team.
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