Key priority area: Social isolation and loneliness
Funding awarded: £48138
Our organisation would not exist if it was not for our dedicated volunteers (over 150), primarily from across the regeneration areas of the city, who generously and enthusiastically commit their time and effort to giving back to their communities. Many of our volunteers have told us that, by not being able to make use of our services freely as they did prior to the pandemic, they have struggled with the feeling of isolation, of losing their place for social interaction in our building, of the peer support that existed, and the meaningful activity they participated in. We are committed to providing a robust and holistic wellbeing support package to allow our volunteers to thrive at shmu and be supported to continue their volunteering in a safe and meaningful way. In order to deliver this, we are seeking support for a new full-time Wellbeing Practitioner, and 50% of the costs of our Volunteer Coordinator for one year.