When I started working at Tŷ Hafan last spring I was bowled over by the support from the Welsh public. Each month, more than 10,000 hours of time is donated to support life-limited children and their families across Wales. That’s a staggering statistic, and I’m proud to spend my working day welcoming new volunteers to the organisation and watching them reap the rewards of volunteering.
I started volunteering when I was 15. During secondary school, I attended a local youth group where the wonderful youth workers and volunteers supported me through the demands of growing up. As I got older and my confidence began to grow, I wanted to give something back. For the next three years, I spent every Thursday evening supporting the running of the youth group’s activities and workshops. The sense of pride that I got the opportunity to play some part in the lives of these children and watch them flourish was overwhelming. I was hooked on the power of volunteering.
Since I started work at Tŷ Hafan, I’ve volunteered at the Rainbow Runs, Carols at The Castle, and serviced collection boxes around my local area. I love hearing about the different reasons people volunteer, whether it’s that they’ve been affected directly by Tŷ Hafan’s work, or that they recognise and want to support the charity, or that they’re looking for personal development opportunities. It’s part of my role to help support our volunteers get the most out of their time volunteering with us. It’s fantastic to see that a volunteer looking to gain work experience and build confidence has gone on to gain employment externally, and even sometimes within the charity itself!
Thank you to our wonderful team of volunteers working hard across Wales in support of life-limited children and their families, so they can get the care they need free of charge.
If you would like to explore the power of volunteering and support Tŷ Hafan this year, please visit www.tyhafan.org/volunteer for more information and to register your interest.