Mind Works and Volunteering 2013-2014

Thanks to Volunteers,  Mind Works had a successful year were all but one outcome was achieved and in fact we more than doubled the three year outcome targets on 5 out of 6 of the project outcomes..

A special thanks to the Volunteer Administrator Vicky who started off with a couple of hours once a week and building up to around 16 hours within a matter of months. Ensuring appointments was kept, diary’s updated, minutes of meetings kept and distributed, keeping files and database records up to date, her volunteering efforts enabled more client’s referrals to be seen and contacted to support, inspire and motivate them in their journey in Volunteering.

During the year Volunteers Jo and Patrick helped in funding research and gathering information for funding applications, including the collection of statistics, data and case studies. All three key volunteers are now in full time paid employment within the community.

Plus the Mind Works programme would not of been able to cope with the volume of referrals if it wasn’t for the small but dedicate team of volunteer mentors to work with clients on a one to one by supporting them in and between volunteer placements and on appointments with partnership organisations.

The key to the success of Mind Works has been the volunteers that have caught the vison of Mind Works as a much needed programme in the voluntary and community sector filling in a gap in the market in supporting those with common mental health problems through Volunteering as a pathway to employment.