During World Mental Health Awareness Day, which fell in Nottingham’s Mental Health Awareness Weeks this year, we held a coffee and cake afternoon at our Involvement Centre at Duncan Macmillan House. See our previous posts on how volunteering helps mental health and how volunteering makes people feel.
As part of the afternoon, we asked our volunteers what advice they’d give other volunteers. We plan on adding these to our Volunteers Handbook and new volunteer information packs.
What advice would you give to other volunteers?
“Learn. Embrace. Make a difference”
“Take time out for yourself. Let others know if you need help”
“One person cannot do everything well but can do it better. There is no ‘I’ in team work, we work as a team supporting each other. There is a good social life, music group and gardening group that all is welcome to join even if you have no experience”
“My advice would be to do what you feel comfortable doing. Try not to do everything offered because you don’t want to blow out. Do what you enjoy and you will find it rewarding”
“Enjoy it. Listen. Grow”
“Do it, enjoy it and meet some incredible people. It is very rewarding.”
Interested in volunteering with us? Contact us to find out more.