The training has been a great success and the volunteers who have completed the course have found it really interesting and enjoyable. Feedback has been really positive – here are just a few of the comments:
“I have enjoyed this course very much and have gained a lot of knowledge from it. I have already used some of the tools in my everyday life.”
“An excellent course – and brilliant trainers.”
“I found the training sessions very good and informative. The trainers did an excellent job and we all brought new experiences to the group.”
“An excellent course. Made me very aware of the help that I could give to a kinship carer – the support we never had.”
While the second group were training, the first group of volunteers started to be matched with kinship carers across the region and first indications are that the kinship carers receiving the support are finding it to be very beneficial to them.
And as our service has become known to other agencies, referrals have been coming in steadily from other organisations in the area and we have been very busy contacting people who have identified that they need support and making sure that we match the kinship carer with the ‘right’ volunteer.
At present our volunteers are visiting 6 kinship carers while another 14 are waiting to be matched. Our target is 40 – so the next few months are going to be more hectic than ever. We may be a very small project, but it’s ‘buzzing’ with excitement as the newly trained volunteers look forward to their befriending role in the community.
Posted by Jenny Mckenna, Project Officer