17th June – Benefits of working together!

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What a great morning! We visited Suffolk Family Carers at their lovely site in Claydon where some of the team went to our shared training session run by The Samaritans on Listening Skills. This session was requested by our volunteers but we thought it would beneficial to others so were more than happy to invite people from Suffolk Family Carers and Home Start to join us. Suffolk Family Carers provided the room and, by all accounts, the training was very well received and very useful. People commented on the benefits of meeting others doing a similar role and the value of shared experience. We had 17 delegates on the day – a lot more than any one organisation could have managed alone.

In the meantime Service Lead Sarah was sat in the large kitchen across the way with a range of other charities looking at how we can best work together to meet our shared goals of improving our communities. We talked about more shared training as well as social events for volunteers and even talked about a general pool of trained volunteers who could represent a range of organisations at networking events etc.

We are very excited to think about how we can progress this. We were also thrilled to hear about the upcoming Volunteer Conference at UOS in October which is being put on by Home Start. As a result of this meeting, this will now be extended to other volunteers from the VCSFE sector and will benefit many more people. We look forward to sending some Family First team members along.