Happy International Volunteer Day!
It’s International Volunteer Day today, and Llamau would like to pay tribute to all the volunteers that work in the organisation to help us achieve our goal.
Whether it’s our award-winning volunteers in our domestic abuse befriending scheme, or volunteers in our offices helping out with tasks large and small, Llamau’s work is truly enhanced with the support of volunteers.
Here are the thoughts of two of our volunteers about why they wanted to volunteer at Llamau and what they’ve been able to achieve.
It had been a long-time ambition of mine to volunteer for a charity and try to do something with my time that would use my skills but, more importantly, help others who were less advantaged than me.
Llamau seemed the perfect choice; not only was it on my doorstep but I had often heard fabulous reports on the work it does with young and vulnerable people. My decision to volunteer was validated when I attended their 2016 Impact Event. I heard first-hand the heart-wrenching stories of young people in challenging circumstances who had literally had their lives turned full circle by the help and support given by Llamau. Also, volunteering at the annual “Sleep Out” fundraiser in November was not just great fun but also a chance to meet some gorgeous supporters of the charity, who faithfully turn up every year, having raised funds to meet Llamau’s ongoing financial needs.
Having volunteered for two months, I have been given enjoyable and diverse tasks, been welcomed into the team and feel a new sense of direction and purpose. I am truly proud to be part of a great organisation, here in Wales, helping to change peoples’ lives.
To anyone thinking of volunteering - just do it! There are so many worthwhile causes to support with your time.
I’ve always been interested in working in the third sector and seen volunteering as a perfect opportunity to get involved and gain some experience. Only working part-time gives me free time and the chance to offer my support to cause that needs extra help.
I found out about Llamau through my father and learned some basic information about the work they do and support they offer to young homeless people and vulnerable women affected by domestic abuse.
I was really excited and grateful when I was offered the chance to volunteer with the fundraising team, and have now been volunteering with them for around 5 months.
I help the team with administrative tasks in the office and also go along to some fundraising events including this year’s Sleepout in Cardiff City Football Stadium which was a huge success and absolutely amazing to be a part of.