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Advent – a time for reflection

Advent and the closing out of another year always lead me to reflection, and what a year we have to reflect upon at the Carnwadric WIN Project. Throughout this year we have seen new pieces of work get off the ground, participation numbers grow, relationships develop and we’ve seen positive outcomes for many of the families that we work with.

None of these things would have been possible without the dedication of our small team of volunteers who work tirelessly to support the work of the project, so we were delighted this year to receive funding from the Voluntary Action Fund to develop our work with, and support of, volunteers at WIN.

       Do you use volunteers within the life of your organisation?

One of the pieces of work connected to this funding has been the development of our Young Volunteers Programme which will see high school-aged young people buddied with children in our weekly drama classes who could use a bit of extra support to engage in the sessions. So far we have recruited one young volunteer who has been working with a participant in our Primary 1-3s group over the past term. Here is what she had to say about her experience:

“My relationship with my buddy is progressing massively because she’s listening and she’s showing me that my job is worthwhile. There were some things that I just didn’t think would be as challenging but you get used to the challenge and now I know how to deal with it. I didn’t think I would have as much authority. At the start I didn’t know if I could handle it but now it’s easy.”

It has been amazing to see the growth in both participant and young volunteer through this process. It is clear from her comments that our young volunteer has grown in confidence as she has stepped out in her new role and the child whom she buddies has flourished within the classes, now able to fully participate where before she would have struggled.

At WIN we have a culture of celebration, and it was great to be able to celebrate our young volunteer by sending her and three guests of her choosing to the City Chambers for the switch on of the Christmas Lights.

       What are your volunteer success stories and how do you celebrate your volunteers?

As we look to the new year we plan to recruit another four young volunteers to work alongside other children who could use a buddy, as well as recruiting more adult volunteers for a number of roles within the life of the project. At WIN, we want our volunteer opportunities to be mutually beneficial for the volunteer and the work of the project and we recognise that our volunteers, young and not-so-young, are such an asset to our work.

       How could you develop your volunteer work in the coming year?

Jen Clokey
Creative Arts Worker
WIN Project, Glasgow

About the WIN Project

The WIN Project, an initiative of Glasgow: Carnwadric Church, received a Go For It Continuation Grant to employ a Creative Arts Worker, to help parents and children develop their talents and increase their confidence.

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