Speaker Meeting 28th November 2016

Gill Black - Volunteering Matters

On Monday 28th November the Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed Gill Black from Volunteering Matters who are based in Derby.

Volunteering Matters is funded by Derby City Council to provide services for children in care and includes their independent visitor service; children care council and an independent advocacy service.

Gill said she would be speaking from the heart and was not here for money. Volunteering Matters is most successful and has around 30,000 who volunteer and are matched with a child or young person to meet up on a one-to-one basis once a fortnight. One week they may be ten-pin bowling or a walk in the park or the next week they may go out for a meal. Whatever activities the child or young person chooses to do they will have fun and have the opportunity to be with somebody who is independent.

Gill Black and President Simon after the talk.

In the Derby area there are 475 children in care and currently they now have 80 volunteers from 20 to 75 years old.

Their volunteers are given 2 days of training and the next course is planned for February. Currently just 25% of volunteers are male who provide that important male role model. Also just 3% of the population provides 80% of volunteering within the UK.

They are looking initially for a one year commitment for a new volunteer and Gill spoke about some of their many successes with some becoming good friends after 10 years staying with them.

In the many questions from the club Gill said tolerance and patience was a prime factor and that time is the greatest gift any one can give.

Mike Key in his thanks to Gill said that it had been put over so well to the members.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


21st November 2016

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