Key priority area: Social isolation and loneliness
Funding awarded: £10705
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community centre; it is their ideas and energy that enables the Association to provide many opportunities to improve mental health and wellbeing in the community by reducing loneliness and isolation by bringing people together and providing opportunities for friendships to be made and lives to be filled with enjoyment and self-worth. We therefore need to employ a Development Worker to support our existing volunteers and encourage new volunteers to become involved, invigorating life into the Centre’s programme and building it back up to the busy, active programme that connected our community in Dyce pre-COVID and ensure the future sustainability of the Centre. To provide appropriate training for all, whether informal chats or organised training for specific purposes. To reinstate our “Getting Together Days” for volunteers, enabling them to feel valued, empowered and included. This also provided an opportunity for volunteers to raise issues and concern.