darts Celebrates Volunteers Week 2019!

Our amazing volunteers are worth shouting about!

1-7 June. Volunteers' Week.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate our fantastic volunteers during Volunteers Week 2019!

Over the past year our 122 volunteers have given over 2,000 hours to support a wide range of activities including workshops, festivals and exhibition launches.

We also mustn’t forget our dedicated team of 10 Trustees, who give hours of their time and expertise each year to develop our work.

This year we launched our new Induction Programme for volunteers – something that has proved very popular. The programme is a great way for volunteers to get to know us a little better, find their way around The Point, learn some Makaton and get to grips with important policy documents!

If you are interested in volunteering with us, there’s further information here: volunteering with darts

A few of our volunteers have very kindly given us their thoughts on why they enjoy volunteering with darts. Here’s what Brione had to say:

I volunteer because I love that I am able to use my skills to help others and make people smile. Singing for Memory with Janet is the highlight of my week because I get to put my musical training to use to benefit so many people. I love getting to meet lots of different people that I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. Everyone is so friendly and approachable. The other volunteers I work with have become friends and they're all so wonderful! I enjoy seeing the joy in the participants' faces when we sing together, as well as hearing their stories! It's great when we create our own songs! I would say to anyone considering volunteering that they should definitely do it! No only do you get to help others, but I also feel that it brings so much happiness to my life as well! I can't think of a better thing to do in my free time!

Here’s a few words from Jack:

I volunteer because it keeps me out and about more and stops me from being bored. My favourite part of volunteering at The Point is helping out in the cafe and also for special events.

Here’s what Sue has to say:

I volunteer because I enjoy helping and supporting other people. I like to try new things, and find it rewarding to help others to reach goals that they didn't know they could achieve. I think The Point is a very welcoming place. I enjoy the variety of activities that volunteers can help with, and feel lucky to have the opportunity to support many and varied diverse groups, tutors and topics, both in the main building and in the community. Volunteering is something you can choose to do as little of or as often as you'd like to suit your personal circumstances. It is a way to meet and help different people, and something that is very rewarding and enjoyable.

Lucy has this to say:

I volunteer as it is a chance for me to give something back to the community. By giving love and hope it may help someone in a difficult time or simply be there to see the joy in their achievements. I love volunteering at The Point as it gave me so much when I was struggling with my own mental health. I felt so safe there and the staff and artists are amazing. I have learnt so much and continue to do so. Being involved in the activities has enabled me to feel part of such a beautiful place that nutures the individuality of everyone who attends. It will always hold a special place in my heart. I would always suggest that people volunteer. It's such a wonderful feeling to think that you can make a difference to someone just by being there.

Here’s what Sarah told us:

To be honest when I first signed up at The Point for volunteering I was extremely nervous and not sure it was for me. However, I love it. I’ve learnt new skills, met some amazing people, staff and artists. It has helped me combat my anxiety and become more confident in myself. Volunteering at The Point is a positive happy experience. The artists I have worked with are amazing, staff are so welcoming. The interaction with the children and parents (who enjoy the workshops just as much ) is brilliant! This is what I would say to anyone thinking about volunteering with darts: Do it, Do it, Do it, you will not regret it.

Our final words are from Margo:

Having enjoyed singing with Quirky Choir at darts for several years, I wanted to give something back and help support darts with the Singing for Memory Group for people living with dementia and their carers. What I like most is spending time with a lovely group of people and friends from choir who also volunteer in a welcoming and friendly environment. If you are interested in volunteering, I would say; if you've got the spare time, don't hesitate. You will find it very rewarding.