Our volunteers are an integral part of our organisation, without them we simply would not exist. We strive to ensure our volunteers have the right roles, and that we make their contributions feel valued.
Michelle is involved with the Exploration and Actvities Programme and helps with transport.
Clare is involved with the Exploration and Activities Programmes and helps with fundraising.
Make a difference.
We are looking for people of all ages and backgrounds to help us support young carers and their families. We have a number of different roles for people to get involved with...
Our Exploration Programme empowers individuals with the skills and confidence to manage the challenges faced by being a young carer.
We meet Wednesday evenings during term time 4pm to 6pm and 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Our Activities Programme gives the young people the opportunity to relax and have fun with their friends.
We meet during the day in school holidays and occasionally in evenings during school term.
Our Befriending Programme gives individuals the chance to have some 1:1 time with a volunteer who can work with them on increasing their self-esteem and confidence as well as building on their existing life skills.
Two cohorts of befriending take place each year normally between the months of March to April and July to August. Volunteers take the young people out in the evenings and at weekends.
The trustees play a vital role in overseeing the effective delivery and development of the project.
The committee meets at least four times a year.
The longer I volunteer and hear their stories I realise just how important coming to the project is to them, its a place they can be themselves, talk openly about their lives and make new friends who understand.
I enjoy seeing the young people grow in confidence, make friendships, feel safe and accepted, learn to share difficult feelings and gain new life skills and having fun - that is what is most rewarding and i feel very proud to be a small part of that journey.
I have never had one second when I have not felt pleased and privileged to be a volunteer. It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done.
I can’t imagine anyone coming to volunteer and not enjoying and learning from the experience.
It is really rewarding, you meet lots of amazing youngsters who really need Winchester Young Carers in their lives and its great to feel you can help in a small way.