Encouraging volunteering within our community is one of the essential ingredients in making a positive impact.

Involving our local people in the planning and delivery of activities and services ensures that our provision is inspired and guided by local needs and that we have a more familiar ‘face’ to our beneficiaries.

We worked closely with St Helens Volunteer Centre this year in promoting new opportunities, and have made stronger connections with Torus Foundation, the charitable arm of our local housing association.


One volunteer felt inspired and confident enough after working with us to enrol on a Health and Social Care course at St Helens College.

Another volunteer is socialising more , has joined other wellbeing groups after almost ten years of being socially isolated, and has made new friends.

A third volunteer is reporting feeling less stressed at home from looking after a child with life limiting illnesses because she can refocus for a few hours each week and give back.

A fourth adult volunteer has reconnected with his childhood community centre and found a sense of meaning in actively helping young people to thrive.

Another volunteer is giving back to her community by serving as a trustee and shaping the planning and delivery of community projects.

A sixth volunteer is helping to support our Afterschool Club and working towards a Youth Work qualification via a college placement and is making great progress.

A seventh volunteer knows about what is going on in the community and is finding purpose and meaning in inspiring people to join new groups and activities.

Finally, another volunteer with ASD is improving and gaining skills by assisting regularly in the office and is helping us to monitor our project work.