SHIP and SPLASH provide a unique opportunity to develop citizenship and leadership among our young volunteers, most of whom end up committing themselves long-term to our charity. Their view is that they get as much out of it as the children they support, and it has an enormous positive impact on their social and life skills. The Volunteers quickly realise what a huge responsibility they have, and equally how rewarding it is to support those who face great challenges with everyday life.
During SHIP Youth Club and SPLASH Play Scheme, each child receives 1:1 support from a trained Volunteer, and the Volunteers are in turn supported by employed Play Leaders. Volunteers receive payment to cover expenses for the days they have volunteered.
SHIP and SPLASH carry out lots of fundraising throughout the year which volunteers can choose to be involved in.
Volunteers are offered certification in MV awards and recognition for Duke of Edinburgh Award.
We have recently started a Volunteer Committee which meets once a month and decides on work rotas and play schedules for the coming month. The Volunteers have come up with some very creative ideas for the youth clubs, including cooking,arts and crafts and even guitar making from margerine tubs!