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    Volunteers Week 2021

Happy Volunteers Week 2021! This is a really important week to us at Kenward as without our team of volunteers we would just not be able to continue our life-changing work.

Happy Volunteers Week 2021! This is a really important week to us at Kenward as without our team of volunteers we would just not be able to continue our life-changing work. 

Our volunteers help us across all aspects of the charity, from walking our alpacas, through to our project volunteers who help us drive our residents to appointments and admin support to our clinical team. The expertise and experiences that our volunteers bring to us at Kenward are incredibly beneficial for both our staff team and our residents. 

“I am pleased to be able to give some of my spare time to work as a volunteer at Kenward Place for the Kenward Trust.  I know, from my own observations and from talking to some of the staff, that this is an organisation that successfully helps those in need with residential programmes, rehabilitation, and also in the wider community. I know that the time given by me, and the other volunteers, is greatly appreciated and that it all helps a worthy cause.

For me, it also provides an opportunity to undertake physical work in the open air in beautiful surroundings, which takes me away from being sedentary and staring at a computer screen. I believe that the volunteer experience is mutually beneficial for the volunteers and the Kenward Trust.” 

- Testimonial from an Alpaca Volunteer at Kenward Place.

So, why would you want to volunteer at Kenward Trust? At Kenward, we have a variety of voluntary roles available to support teams across the charity, which you can find out more about here. 

Whichever role you would be interested in is directly helping us transform the lives of those affected by addiction, homelessness, and crime, which is needed more than ever following the pandemic. In 2019 there were 4,393 deaths related to drug poisoning, but experts are finding that COVID-19 is exacerbating this with coroner figures showing the most drug and alcohol-related deaths in the last seven years. 

We are incredibly passionate as a team to provide vital support to those affected by addiction to help prevent these tragic deaths and our services are designed to help them reach their full potential and create new futures away from their addictions.

“I tend to find that the people who volunteer have many reasons why they choose to volunteer for us. The experience I have had with volunteers is that they have so much passion to help people succeed or support the Trust where they can. Kenward has many roles to fit different life skills and different abilities. From talking to young people helping the adults on the site to caring for animals or helping to deliver activities, we hugely appreciate your support.” 

- John Shanley, Youth and Community Project Manager

To find out about you can get involved with us give us a ring on 01622 814187 or email emma.mcguinnes@kenwardtrust.org.uk.



Sources:

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/19342901.number-drug-alcohol-deaths-dorset-increased-pandemic/

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