Updated 21st Feb 2017The most important people in the Feelgood Factory are our team of volunteers and many of the services we provide could not happen without their help.
Volunteering for the Feelgood Factory does not have to involve contributing a lot of your time - you can volunteer for as many hours as you are able. Similarly, you do not need to have skills or qualifications - training will be provided where necessary. All that we ask is that you genuinely want to contribute towards our work and that you are prepared to make a commitment to be as reliable as possible.
People who volunteer reap a lot of benefits:
- Gain experience - whether you want to start a new career, develop skills alongside a training course or just try out something new, voluntary work is a way of acquiring valuable work experience
- Build confidence - many life events can lead to reduced self-confidence. Volunteering can help you to build up your self-esteem in a supportive and valued environment
- Meet new people - voluntary work can be a way of meeting new people and developing a fresh social network
- Improve your CV - more and more employers value the experience gained through voluntary work, so volunteering can be a way of getting noticed when trying for a new job.
- Give back to your community - your community needs YOU. There are a lot of people for whom life can be difficult and statutory services like Social Services cannot provide everything that is needed. Support from volunteers can make all the difference.
Volunteers must be aged over 16 and some opportunities require a Criminal Records check. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent involvement. All expenses will be paid.
Examples of volunteering opportunities currently available are:
Our Befriending Service, Making Connections, aims to support isolated elderly people throughout our Borough. Our team of volunteers spend an hour a week making visits to our clients who may be in need of a friendly chat, company when out shopping, or just in need a little confidence boost to get out and about in their community, following bereavement, retirement or when facing mild to moderate mental health issues.
Following some training provided by The Feelgood, our volunteers support their “friends” for 6 months (longer if both parties agree) and themselves gain a sense of achievement and confidence. One volunteer highlighted this,
“Befriending has given me more confidence within myself, also a sense of pride that I was able to make a difference to someone’s life and gave me an insight that help and volunteering in the Community really does make the difference in an individual’s life”
We have clients waiting in many local areas including Netherton, Aintree, Seaforth, Litherland, Maghull, Thornton and Bootle. If you have some free time and would like to join our team, please call 0151 291 8010 for more information.
If you feel you or someone you know may benefit from our service, you or a family member can call us on 0151 291 8010, for a chat and more information. We also accept referrals from Community Matron’s, Health Visitors, Mental Health teams or GP’s.
“Even a few hours to spare each week is an hour less that someone will be alone.
It is such a lovely feeling to make a difference” - Volunteer
Community Gardening Assistant
Community Health Peer Mentor
For more details about the opportunities available, or to enquire about becoming a volunteer, please click on the links below:
Volunteer Role Description
Volunteer Application Form