National Volunteering Week

National Volunteer Week is a huge week in the calendar for A Way Out. We have a team of nearly 100 volunteers who regularly give their time to support our projects, and we are always looking for more people to join in and get involved.

volunteers This year, we were fortunate to have a great group from Teesside University come along to our office to help clear out our overflowing activities stock cupboard, and get rid of a lot of junk. They cleared two rooms for us, leaving us with a lot more storage space, and much easier access to all of our equipment. The team was organised by Jayne Villiers, who heads up Volun-tees at the university, a brilliant way for students to access volunteering opportunities, and get recognised for the time that they give. We were so encouraged to have such an enthusiastic group of students come in to support our work, and make life a little easier on our staff. This team gave up a whole morning to support us during National Volunteering Week.

Teesside University also put on an event called “Foodbank Friday”. They collected a whole car’s worth of food, which will go towards making up our food parcels. Here at A Way Out, we give away at least 250 food parcels each week, and the work of Volun-tees during National Volunteering Week has made a huge contribution to the running of this project.

Thank you Teesside University!

We were also privileged to host a team from Durham University to help us collect food at an event in our local Asda. The team set up, and were happy to hand out leaflets and chat to customers. People were given the opportunity to purchase an extra item in their shopping and donate it to us, and again, the contribution made by the team have a great impact on our Food-Plus project.

Thank you Durham University!

The week was a real success and we were able to sign up more people to volunteer, and raise awareness for the projects that we run.

Could you get involved with volunteering? If you think you may have some time to offer, get in touch with rachel.broughton@awayout.co.uk and she’ll be able to give you some more information.