Volunteers play a vital role in supporting Anawim’s services. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to support the vast amount of women who are referred to us, or offer half as many courses and activities.
In our 2019 review, we worked out that our volunteers saved us a massive total of £99,320 over the course of a year. This is the equivalent of four caseworkers.
While this in itself is remarkable, we are also incredible thankful for the sheer passion, commitment and creativity our volunteers bring to the organisation, contributing massively to our services.
What is it like volunteering with Anawim?
Our volunteers support staff in numerous and varying ways, including general work around the centre, running our reception, working on events, our drop in service and outreach work.
In addition, the majority of our course tutors lead activities on a voluntary basis, while volunteers will also offer mentoring for clients with low level needs, who require less intensive support and are coming to the end of their journey with Anawim.
One volunteer said that,
“I look forward to my Friday morning sessions so much with the women of the confidence course. They teach me a lot about resilience, picking yourself up and to keep going, and are great fun to work with. It gives me so much delight when one of them comes back and says they used something they learned on the course. Volunteering has enriched my life hugely and I hope it gives as much to the women as it does to me.”
Anawim also works with a big student community through college and university placements. The exchange of skills and knowledge is inspiring and it’s motivating to see the dedication shown by the younger generation, ensuring the long-term succession of Women’s Centres.
One student said of her placement,
“It was a real eye opener and an experience that will stay with me forever. I was in awe of how the needs of the community are identified and are met through peer support groups, workshops and one-to-one meetings […] I left truly inspired to do more and give more […] It was an absolute pleasure.”
If you might be interested in volunteering with Anawim, or know someone who might, you can find out more here.
If you or someone you know needs support with mental health, finances, housing, families and relationships or anything else, Anawim’s free confidential helpline is open on 0800 019 8818 to anyone who identifies as a woman to talk with a specialist female caseworker.
Alternatively, women may feel more comfortable using our live chat, which can be accessed via the orange button in the corner of the screen.
Our helpline and live chat could be the first step a woman takes to accessing the wide range of services we can offer.