Volunteers help support activities at The Gap, including helping with an Older People's Lunch Club, maintaining our IT systems, reception and admin, youth work and building maintenance.
The Gap supports volunteers and will ensure that volunteers are properly integrated into the organisation, enabling them to contribute effectively to it's work and that volunteers will not be used to replace or reduce the work of paid staff.
The Gap will ensure that it's staff will work positively with volunteers and will provide work for volunteers that is satisfying and that leads to personal development. The Gap will provide relevant training to enable Volunteers to contribute effectively.
All volunteers must be willing to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check due to the nature of working with some vulnerable people. The Gap provides a full induction programme. If you would like more information on becoming a Volunteer, then please get in touch. Either contact us by e-mail or phone us on (01926) 494200.
In 2009 at the AGM the Gap awarded its first Volunteer of the Year awards.The Gap Director, Vicki Jones felt that it would be a good way to honour the hard work undertaken by volunteers at the Gap. Each year since staff at the Gap have chosen an adult volunteer and a young volunteer to receive the award. The award is then presented at the Gap's AGM in May each year.
Winners of the award to date:
2009 ~ Young Volunteer of the Year - Dan Buckley, Volunteer of the Year - Shirley Martin-Abel
2010 ~ Young Volunteer of the Year - Scott Arnold, Volunteer of the Year - Ellie Rose
2011 ~ Young Volunteer of the Year - Thato Malebye, Volunteer of the Year - Angie Bench A special award for Matt Turner for his hard work on the Growing Together Allotment project
2012 ~ Young Volunteer of the Year - Claire Moran, Volunteer of the Year - Adam Makinson
2013 ~ Young Volunteer of the Year - Nick Brocas, Volunteers of the Year Vicky Curzon-Hope and Nev Harvey
Hi, I'm Angie! Volunteer on a work placement at The Gap for 13 weeks. My time here has been wonderful, I have learned an awful lot. The staff have been excellent in helping me gain work experience that I need.
- Angie Bench
Since working at The Gap I feel I've really moved forward as an individual. It's great to look forward to coming to work and I'm always ready to learn something new.
- Eloise Bond
I've been working on the web site for a few months now. After nearly 5 years of looking after my children it's great to be able to feel like I'm contributing something to the outside world again. Hopefully I can update my IT skills and use them to get back to work in the near future and also leave The Gap with a whizzy new web site!
- Debbie Bloomfield