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  • Date: 07/06/2024

Honeycomb Group celebrates 'passionate' volunteers for Volunteer's Week

This Volunteer’s Week, we're highlighting the dedication of the 100+ strong team of volunteers across our services.

As an organisation, we deliver a wide range of services in our local communities. This includes specialist homelessness, domestic abuse, home and wellbeing support, alongside being an affordable housing provider. 

Last year, we were pleased to give 105 volunteers the opportunity to support services across our organisation, including delivering group programmes, holding wellbeing sessions and providing informal one-to-one support.

Volunteering at Honeycomb Group comes with a full training programme, alongside continued opportunities to develop new skills and access support if needed. This means that while volunteers give up their time, they also acquire knowledge to help their personal development, as well as new skills that could help them towards an exciting new career too.

Concrete volunteer peer mentors, Jamie and Sterling

Concrete’s Peer Mentor Coordinator, Lisa Mould, explained more about the impact of volunteers at Honeycomb Group’s homelessness specialist, Concrete.

Lisa said: “Our volunteers have a huge impact on our organisation and we’re so grateful for the time that they so kindly, and selflessly, give up to support us.

“Those with lived experience, such as the Concrete peer mentors, also provide an amazing insight when we’re developing new services. They have been there and experienced what our current customers are facing, so they have first hand experience of what works and what doesn’t in a support service, which is absolutely invaluable to us.

“Volunteer’s Week is all about saying thank you, but we’re grateful for them every single day.”

To mark this year’s celebration, Honeycomb Group has shared thank you cards to show their appreciation for those who donate their time to support vital services across the organisation.

Team Leader Becky Fedoroff heads up Glow’s Recovery Hub, which provides a full volunteer training programme for individuals with lived experience of abuse, and those wanting to offer support.

Becky said: “We really don’t underestimate the generosity of our volunteers. Many selflessly give up precious time outside of their day jobs, or make time alongside their studies, to support us.

“Last year we were really proud to be recognised as a ‘gold standard’ volunteer provider by Stoke-on-Trent based VAST and their new ‘Volunteering Quality Standards’ scheme. Our volunteer training was also recognised by national awarding organisation AIM, and accredited to Level 2.

“Our volunteers, alongside staff, worked really hard to achieve both of these, and it’s a true reflection of the work and love that goes into our volunteering programme, and the quality of our volunteer policies and processes.

“Many of our Recovery Hub volunteers have that direct lived experience of domestic abuse, and like Lisa said, their insight is absolutely invaluable when developing and delivering our services.

“We couldn’t do what we do without their enthusiasm, passion and commitment, so Volunteer’s Week, and every other week for that matter, is about saying a huge thank you."

Click here to find out more about volunteering at Honeycomb Group.