Launch of FAVA

Ashfield Voluntary Action launches a campaign to promote an exciting new way of volunteering...

 

Have you ever wanted to volunteer, but simply don't have the time? Do you love the idea of putting something back into your community, but in a way that fits in with your family or other commitments? Have you ever thought, 'I wish there was a way I could get involved?' Well now you can with AVA's bold and flexible approach to volunteering. 

 

Have you heard the expression, "how do you eat an elephant?" The answer is, "one bite at a time". Here at Ashfield Voluntary Action people often say to us that they would love to volunteer, but they are at a point in their life where they just don't feel that they can make a big commitment. Well, we think that it doesn't have to be that way and have come up with a new way of getting involved by supporting your community through 'bite-size' volunteering, or 'favas'.

 

FAVA stands for 'Friends of Ashfield Voluntary Action' and we want to take a more flexible approach to volunteering which means that everyone can get involved in a way that suits them and recognises busy lives and the challenges people face. Some people have limited time to spare because of work, college or caring commitments. Others may have mental health issues, long-term health conditions or disabilities, all of which can mean that old-fashioned volunteering just isn't an option for them.

 

We're still at the early stages of this and need to sort out the nuts and bolts of how it will all work; but this is where you come in. If you have some great ideas about how we can make volunteering work for you, then we want to hear them. This is your chance to let us know how we can help you to volunteer.

 

We love the idea of bite-size volunteering or the 'fava' for your community. So if you're a busy parent with a little bit of time to spare, or you have a skill that would really help out in your community, we want to hear from you so we can match up the person with the opportunity. Maybe, you're a painter and decorator who would be willing to spend an afternoon to help paint a community room, or you have a couple of hours to deliver leaflets in your neighbourhood for a befriending scheme. It all helps and makes a positive difference. Maybe you have a disability or long-term health condition which means you find it difficult to get out and about, but you're a whizz on a computer and would love to help design and write a community newsletter. We want to make sure that volunteering really is for everyone.   

 

To make sure we get it right and to start as we mean to go on, we want to find out what stops you from volunteering and what you think would make it easier for you to volunteer. So we're kicking things off by asking you a few short questions to get the ball rolling and would really appreciate it if you could spend two minutes of your time helping us to make volunteering work for you.

 

Please find the survey here, or ring or email us and we will send you an electronic or paper copy. Thank you for your help - the only way can get volunteering right is by knowing what is wrong... 

 

 

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