ReNew celebrates National Volunteers Week with open day and celebration event
ReNew, Hull’s free and confidential drug and alcohol service, hosted a volunteer open day and celebration event to mark National Volunteers Week 2019.
The event was held on Thursday 6th June at Plug-In Hull, a Big Lottery funded community café and featured a presentation and awards ceremony, followed by free lunch and networking.
The event was an opportunity to find out about the benefits of volunteering with ReNew and to hear first-hand from current and past volunteers what it has meant for them.
Diane Hilton, Service Manager at ReNew, opened the presentations, giving an overview of Change Grow Live, ReNew’s parent company, and the benefits of volunteering with a national charity.
Diane highlighted that there are currently 1572 unpaid roles across Change Grow Live, with 28 people gaining employment in 2018/19.
“Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless. But because they are priceless!”
said Diane Hilton, Service Manager, ReNew.
Setting the scene locally, Matt Butler, Connecting Communities Lead, presented next. Matt gave examples of the areas of work volunteers can get involved with and discussed how volunteering can provide valuable work experience.
In 2019 alone, three volunteers have gained full-time employment at ReNew, a testament to the benefits of volunteering.
Nick Barker, Apprentice Recovery Coordinate, said:
“A couple of months into my new life I decided I wanted to help others living life in addiction find a new way… I would say volunteering has been the most positive and rewarding experience of my life so far. I have completed a recognised qualification funded by Change Grow Live and I have received help and support every step of the way.”
Thank you to everyone that attended the event and a special thanks to our fantastic volunteers.