Our volunteering year: 2019!

2019 has been a fantastic year for our team of KVIN volunteers.

We started the year with 17 volunteers who were working hard as trustees and running our drop-in sessions in Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
In February we recruited our Volunteer and Events Coordinator, Claire Drake, who has worked to expand the team by recruiting further volunteers.
Over the year, we have recruited 16 volunteers, some staying with us for a short time for placements or on their way back into work, others remain within the team. For example, Maryam volunteered with us for 5 months until she managed to move into employment in her chosen career path. Here is Maryams story.

We currently have 23 volunteers, 11 have Visual impairments and 12 are sighted.

We have estimated that collectively the KVIN volunteers have contributed at least 3772 volunteer hours during 2019. This is equivalent to 2 full time workers which highlights the tremendous contribution volunteers make towards the running of KVIN.

We have recruited a further 3 volunteers who supported the Valli Rally sponsored walk as sighted guides and 15 young people who did a social action project as part of their National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme raising awareness and funds. Click here to read more about our sucess with NCS.

At KVIN, the volunteer team are at the heart of the work that we do, they deliver our services, which we have expanded from Huddersfield and Dewsbury to Batley with their support.

We have a variety of roles that volunteers undertake, from VI volunteers providing peer support and technology advice to sighted volunteers guiding service users to sessions, through to admin and marketing and the team of trustees overseeing the running of the organisation.

We have developed a flexible approach to volunteering so that volunteering with us is accessible to as many people as possible. This means we tailor roles to individuals’ interests, skills, and their availability.

We aim to provide a welcoming and informative induction for all new volunteers and strive to provide training opportunities for all volunteers so that they can develop in their role and for their future career. We have developed partnerships with 2 national organisations to be able to provide training, these are Sighted Guide training with the Guide Dogs and Digital Champions training with AgeUK.
We have trained 11 sighted volunteers as sighted guides and 5 volunteers have trained online as digital champions.
We also offer other training and development opportunities when we can and have helped our volunteers to attend the following training and conferences this year; Emergency First Aid, Introduction to Management, Equality and Diversity, Kirklees Marketing Conference and Visionary National Conference.

As a user led organisation, we actively look to the volunteer team to help guide the development of the organisation in how we work and the services we develop.
We do this through bi-monthly volunteer catch up meetings, regular trustee meetings and working groups around different themes such as marketing and fundraising.

Over the year we have celebrated the difference our volunteers make to our organisation. During Volunteers Week in June we shared the stories of our volunteers;

During Trustee week in November we celebrated the huge impact our board of trustees make (they are volunteers too!) and shared new trustee, Aisha’s story.

At the end of 2019 asked the volunteer team for anonymous feedback through a satisfaction survey which has been completed by 13 volunteers and the results are as follows;

100% of newly recruited volunteers who have joined KVIN during 2019, rated their satisfaction of the induction process as very satisfied or satisfied.

Whilst volunteering with KVIN, our volunteers have gained the following things from their experience, (1 being the most common benefit, 7 being the least)

  • Meet new people
  • Give back to the community
  • Increase my skills
  • Improve my confidence
  • Get some work experience
  • Improve chances of gaining employment
  • Get a qualification

6 out of 7 volunteers who had been on training as part of their volunteer role found the training useful.

100% of the volunteers rated their satisfaction with their volunteering role at KVIN as very satisfied or satisfied.

Comments;

Have absolutely loved volunteering at KVIN. Fellow volunteers and service users have become good friends, and this has widened my social circle massively.

I am very happy to be volunteer at KVIN.

I have really enjoyed volunteering for KVIN. It has really helped to boost my confidence and meeting new people has been a really rewarding experience.

Thank you to all our volunteers for their contribution to KVIN, we enjoy