Volunteering Week at Ways for Wellbeing UK CIC

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This year’s Volunteering Week at Ways for Wellbeing UK wasn’t your typical indoor affair. We continued our ongoing wellbeing in nature work for health and wellbeing outdoors, offering a unique experience to volunteers and significantly impacting our organisation. We were fortunate enough this week to take part in several community events and community wellbeing days that continues to make us proud to deliver the work we do. 

Being at the fantastic Wheel n Walk event at Cannon Hill Park on the 2nd June, organised by Cerebral Palsy West Midlands, watching 12 amazing charities including Cerebral Palsy West Midlands, CASBA, Lets Enable, Headway, The Voice of Epilepsy amongst others coordinate and deliver an amazing inclusive event for people of all ages and abilities to take part in.

Our very own volunteering day on Friday, as well as being out and about ourselves at different events during the week as Coaches and finishing it all off as part of the Hall Green Wellbeing Network event on Saturday the 8th June at Highfield Hall – this week has brought together a number of our very own volunteers and a whole army of volunteers that work tirelessly every day within communities, showing up every day to keep the community spirit and togetherness going.

Delivering Health and Wellbeing Coaching group workshops at Dolphin Womens Centre on a Thursday, Healthy Habits workshops to schools and community groups in Sparkbrook, Sparkhill and Balsall Heath, with the support of our very own volunteer community champions and having the wonderful team from Equans UK & Ireland with us at our land in Hall Green helping us to get the wellbeing garden space ready for our own Big Help Out event on the 22nd June.

The amazing volunteers widened paths for us, to enable these paths to be wheelchair, mobility vehicles and pushchairs friendly in the growing space.

They cleared so many weeds, stingers, and did an amazing job hedge trimming throughout the day – before realising that the hedgetrimmers were extendable.

The team ‘can do’ attitude was evident amongst them all, they were very motivated to give us their all and get so much done for us, so that the place can be used.

By being alongside us in the space amidst the beauty of nature, I hope they came away with a sense of why this space means so much to us and how it can motivate you just by being in it, even for a short space of time.  We witnessed a powerful boost in motivation, resilience, and social connections amongst volunteers and our team.

The fresh air, calming greenery, and gentle sounds of nature created a serene backdrop for the work that was carried out, and the sun came out to ensure we were able to enjoy the day. The volunteers from Equans UK & Ireland are new to our organisation, they very quickly showed off their skills and their willingness to be part of the team and get stuck in.

Working together towards a common goal and sharing personal insights in such a peaceful setting fostered a sense of belonging and connection. These newly formed bonds extended beyond the volunteering day, creating a network of passionate individuals who are likely to continue supporting Ways for Wellbeing UK in the future.

Overall, Volunteering Week at Ways for Wellbeing UK transcended the typical volunteering experience.  We witnessed a remarkable increase in motivation, resilience, and social connections amongst the team volunteering with us for the day. This impactful week will undoubtedly leave a lasting positive mark on our organisation and the individuals we serve.

Being part of the Hall Green Wellbeing Network’s Big Help Out community day on Saturday 8th June was another fantastic opportunity to see the power of volunteers and community coming together, it was a great day involving loads of free activities for the community, food, fun and music for everyone to enjoy.

The sun was shining, which is a great motivator to create a greater sense of social connectivity and belonging, we were able to provide on the spot coaching on a 1 to 1 and group basis to several people who stopped to talk to us about coaching and why we do what we do.

We made some great connections ourselves, for us to be able to continue delivering our work in community settings not just across Hall Green but across Birmingham and wider.

June is not over yet, and we know we continue to have a busy June and July ahead – with the Inaugural Birmingham Disability Festival only a few short weeks away!

The true passion for volunteering is shining through once again – we have got over 70 volunteers signed up to be with us at the festival on the 6th July – which is so amazing!

We are happy to have more – we want to make sure this festival is inclusive, diverse and a celebration.

It has been a busy and tiring week and my disability always gets the better of me after a week of lots of events and activities, I am struggling today despite taking painkillers, stronger medication, hot showers and applying heat pads to my legs but I love being able to share our work with the community and be alongside some great community volunteers that volunteer with Ways for Wellbeing UK and other organisations.

We have a lot to be thankful for and we hope our rewards to our volunteers whatever their ability and time commitment is to us shows them how much they mean to us and others.

Volunteers truly deserve thanks and celebrations!

Volunteers can still sign-up to be involved with the Inaugural Birmingham Disability Festival via the link show below:-

https://forms.gle/aLboBpAdTGAHEbCg8

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