Thank You Volunteers
For International Volunteer Day, Volunteer and Peer Support Lead Collett O'Connor reflects on the importance of volunteers to Waverley Care.
I cannot believe it’s been a year since I became Waverley Care’s Peer Support and Volunteer Lead – let me tell you, what an incredibly rewarding year it has been. We set up a peer support group in Glasgow over the summer, successfully applied for funding for a peer support group in Argyll and Bute, designed peer-led sexual health and blood borne virus education sessions for prisons, designed a new volunteer database, worked collaboratively with colleagues to create and deliver training, and worked on projects with external partners.
Though it has been a lengthy process to get here, it has definitely been worth it. Our volunteers connect us to the communities we support, extend our scope and bolster our services. In essence, volunteers are the heart of Waverley Care, and deserve a massive thank you. Thank you for your patience, thank you for your contribution, and thank you for making a difference. In the words of Elizabeth Andrews, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”