Celebrating Volunteer Week with Rural Support

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Celebrating Volunteer Week with Rural Support

Celebrating Volunteer Week with Rural Support

June 23, 2022 Victoria Ross

At Rural Support they have been celebrating Volunteer Week which runs from Wednesday 1st June until Tuesday 7th June. The organisation has been using the opportunity to highlight how important their team of experienced volunteers are to them in delivering their services and programmes.

Rural Support have over thirty volunteers from rural areas across Northern Ireland who give generously of their time, knowledge, expertise, and experience. Their volunteers ‘walk alongside’ clients as they seek to improve their circumstances. Each year Rural Support volunteers contribute over 2,000 hours participating in a range of activities which include providing support through various programmes, support line cover, emotional support, and outreach. Volunteers are a vital part of the Rural Support team, without them it would not be possible for the organisation to offer the diverse range of support and programmes that they do.

Veronica Morris Chief Executive commented, “Our volunteers have been at the heart of our service delivery since Rural Support was set up in 2002. I would like to take the opportunity on Volunteers’ Week to say thank you to them for always going above and beyond to support the farming community across Northern Ireland in ways that make a genuine difference to people.”

Rural Support are currently recruiting new volunteers to join their team. By becoming a volunteer, you could help across a range of areas: 

Plough On Group Volunteer: helping to support groups of older men coming together in your local area through their Plough On Programme.

Across The Hedgerow Volunteer: provide listening support and companionship via a regular telephone call to someone who is lonely or isolated.

Support Line Volunteer: helping to provide confidential listening support to individuals who contact their support line.

Outreach Volunteer: helping to deliver their outreach activities by setting up at shows, supporting leaflet distribution or telling people about Rural Support.

Research has shown that giving even a small amount of time to others is associated with an increase in wellbeing. It allows you to connect with others and feel a sense of purpose. Volunteers who belong to the Rural Support team can expect to be fully trained and supported in their role and also very rewarded.

Ellen Woods who is a Volunteer with Rural Support comments about being a volunteer saying, “Rural Support offer many wonderful projects that make a difference to so many people and that’s why I thoroughly enjoy my time with them. I have met new people, gone new places, and done new things, hopefully bringing a smile to someone’s day along the way.”

If you are interested in finding out more please get in touch with Deborah Gavin, HR and Volunteer Co-Ordinator, on 028 8676 0040 or deborah@ruralsupport.org.uk.  Alternatively, you can download a volunteer registration form from the NI Farm Support Hub www.ruralsupport.org.uk

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