Helping to make a difference in our community
This October, the Community Service Volunteers (CSV) are encouraging people to ‘make a difference’ by taking part in voluntary work.
We thought it would be interesting to find out if any of our staff are involved in voluntary work within the local community. It turns out that we’re a very helpful bunch of people!
Cosyfeet staff get involved in all kinds of volunteering including helping out at a local athletics club, volunteering at an animal care centre, organising fundraising activities at a primary school and helping out at a local scouts group.
One of the ways that the company as a whole has got involved in volunteering is through a mentoring programme called ‘Raising Aspirations’ at a local secondary school. The scheme, which has been running for two years, aims to help young people develop their self-belief and confidence so that they can go on to fulfil their potential.
The University of East London is measuring the impact of the programme and has reported that the scheme is having a positive effect on students in terms of their attitude to education.
One mentee said that being part of the programme has really benefitted her emotionally and to have someone to talk to on a one-to-one basis has been very helpful. Another mentee said that his mentor encourages him to try new things and this has helped him overcome his shyness and build confidence.
At the moment, 80 volunteers from local businesses, (including Kirsten Vowles from Cosyfeet, pictured below) are providing one-to-one mentoring support to young people.
If you are thinking about getting involved in volunteering or already volunteer in your community we’d love to hear about it. Why not tell us about it in the message box below.