One Of The Greatest Gifts You Can Give Is Your Time
Over 150 people each year volunteer at Bendrigg in one way or another. The fact of the matter is, that without volunteers, we would not be able to fulfil our mission :
Bendrigg Trust specialises in delivering high quality activity courses for disabled and disadvantaged people. We aim to promote inclusion, encourage independence and build self-confidence through the safe provision of adventurous activities.
Benefits of Volunteering
For over 40 years, volunteers have been an integral part of Bendrigg, and we see all our volunteers as one of the family! There is much research showing the many benefits of volunteering, including :
- Increasing your skills, knowledge and confidence
- Helps to reduce stress levels
- You can develop new friendships
- Feel a sense of belonging
- Broaden your life experiences
- Gain a greater understanding of other peoples points of view
- Feel less isolated
- Improve both physical and mental health
- Gain work experience for personal and career development
Sounds pretty great right?….
So How Can I Get Involved?
Residential volunteers work directly alongside a group on their activity residential for the full length of their stay, usually between 2 – 5 nights.
You’ll provide support to the Bendrigg Tutors during the groups activities and at meal times, helping with everything from dishing up supper to using your paddle power in the canoe.
It’s a fantastic opportunity to increase knowledge and experience of working alongside people of various abilities, often challenging your own perception of disability which can be extremely rewarding.
Thank you so much for the wonderful week I have just had as a volunteer at your beautiful centre, I felt connected with the people I helped look after, and the warm welcome I received, the week flew by and I miss the centre already. I really appreciate your time and concern in allowing me to gain experience, in a vocation I wish to continue, I can feel in my heart it was something I was destined to do. I appreciate this chance that was given to me and you all will be forever in my thoughts. – Siobhan Noblett
Day Volunteering Opportunities
If you can’t commit to a residential week or weekend then day support is just as valuable. Whether you want to come on your own or with a group of co-workers, friends or family, just let us know what skills you have or what type of project you’d like to get involved with and we can assign a project for you.
Types of day volunteering opportunities include working in our :
- Office – Social Media, Administration, Fundraising.
- Grounds & Maintenance – Gardening, Building, Site Maintenance, Activity Projects, Painting.
- Domestic & Kitchen – Cleaning, Cooking, Serving Food.
- Specific Skills – Photography, Community Engagement.
Duke Of Edinburgh & John Muir Award
Bendrigg can accredit Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Award schemes as well as providing references and testimonials to help with future employment and educational opportunities.
How Can I Apply?
You’ll need to complete the 2 forms below and return them to our volunteer coordinator Kate McCallum.
Click here to read our Volunteering Policy. If you have any questions at all regarding our volunteer opportunities please don’t hesitate to contact us.