Volunteers are at the heart of Groundswell. Our volunteers all have personal experience of homelessness and it is this shared connection which enables them to meaningfully engage with vulnerable homeless people, that others find ‘hard to reach’. To enable our volunteers to deliver this important work, they need to support themselves – which is why we developed the Volunteer Progression Programme.
In the first three quarters of 2014-15, our Volunteer Progression Programme has achieved the following outcomes:
- 50 volunteers supported in total
- 350 one-to-one volunteer meetings delivered by our Volunteer Progression Manager
- 26 volunteers have progressed into training and further volunteering
- 10 progressed into paid employment!
Alongside these outcomes, we supported volunteers to achieve their own personal goals:
- Preventing evictions and gaining access to housing
- Support through family courts to regain access to children and rebuild families
- Support with welfare benefits, budgeting, debt advice, and substance misuse
- Paying for qualifications and training courses, including the Working with Vulnerable People Diploma, and Health and Social Care Diploma