We have almost 40 volunteers who contribute many hours of their time every month to supporting Forward Leeds.
Our volunteers are key to us delivering an effective and successful service. We have a wide range of volunteer roles being filled by people with a variety of skills and experience from different backgrounds
People who spend time volunteering with Forward Leeds are treated with respect and are considered very much part of our team. We couldn’t do our work with our volunteers.
We can offer great volunteering opportunities which are fulfilling and rewarding and which can lead to paid employment with us or elsewhere. To view specific volunteering opportunities please visit the Forward Leeds jobs page.
Forward Leeds’ volunteer programme has received the Investors in Volunteers accreditation. This is the UK quality standard for all organisations involving volunteers, it recognises commitment to providing an all round volunteer experience. Forward Leeds employs a dedicated Volunteer Coordinator and all projects have a volunteer lead.
A fantastic contribution
Volunteer Development Manager, Ann Hall says:
“I am very proud of our volunteer workforce, each individual makes a fantastic contribution to our service. On average our volunteers give around 1400 hours each month across DISC. We have volunteers carrying out various roles and are always keen to meet with individuals who are considering volunteering with us to explore the options”
“It’s very rewarding to know we can give somebody a chance to volunteer. Particularly people who think they have nothing to offer. We pride ourselves on seeing their potential and supporting them in every way we can to make the most of their experience with us.”
“We are currently receiving on average 15 volunteer applications a month and this tells me we are an organisation that appeals to people and we are appointing 70% of applicants. We have a healthy volunteer workforce.”
She added: “ We are keen to support volunteers in achieving their end goal, whether that is to gain skills and experience or to be ready for paid employment.
There are many benefits from volunteering with Forward Leeds
- Learning new skills
- Gaining work experience
- Building your confidence and self esteem
- Meeting new people
- Trying something new
- Developing a skill, hobby or interest
- Making a difference to your own life and the lives of others
- Being part of a community
- Sense of achievement
- Increased employability
As a volunteer you can expect to:-
- be given a clear role description
- undertake an induction and appropriate training
- have safe working conditions
- be reimbursed for agreed out of pocket expenses associated with your volunteering
- have opportunities to develop new skills and develop knowledge
- use your skills, knowledge and talents to help others
- have regular supervision and dedicated support
- be treated with respect