Shining a spotlight on our volunteers


31 May 2017

It’s Volunteers’ Week! A chance to shine a spotlight on the people who dedicate their spare time to support us, fellow residents and their communities.

We want our residents to be able to have the opportunity to develop their skills, gain experience and give something back. And Volunteering is a great way to do that.

Volunteering for Optivo:

Volunteer Nicolina shares her volunteering experienceWe offer placements within our own office, supporting staff across the organisation to deliver services.

Resident Nicholina volunteers with our Communications team:

She said: “I’ve had some amazing support which has improved my writing skills and my confidence.

I’m looking forward to applying for new jobs with the experience I have gained.”


Volunteering to help fellow residents:

We also offer volunteer placements on projects that benefit Optivo residents, including:
  • Befriending – supporting older residents with mental-health needs
  • Money Mentors – helping fellow residents manage their finances
  • Safer Heroes – ensuring our residents are healthy, happy and safe
Volunteer Brian shares his volunteer journey
Resident Brian joined us as a Safer Hero last year.

He said: “I wanted to give something back, gain new skills and update my CV.

I have learnt a lot since volunteering which has helped me to communicate better with people, and improve my computer skills


Volunteer for a cause close to your heart:

We help support residents to volunteer for a cause or project they want to be involved with, and can help facilitate placements.

Volunteer Paul shares his volunteering journeyVolunteering into work:

We run a volunteering into work programme that helps unemployed residents into a job.

Paul secured a job at Debenhams after volunteering at a Shelter charity shop.

He said: “At my job interview the store management said my commitment to volunteering work had got me into the chair. They offered me a job and my first shift was five days later.”

If you’re interested in getting involved with our volunteering scheme, contact us.

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