A pilot study was run in 2011 aiming to prove the use of volunteering as a tool to recovery, re-training and rehabilitation, leading to career transition amongst injured service personnel. The study was supported by Help for Heroes funding and approved by the Army Recovery Capability and the benefits of using volunteering are now widely acknowledged.
Grant funding of £150,446 was then awarded by Help for Heroes in 2012 to support the salary costs of three Volunteer Project Managers within the PRU at Edinburgh and at the Tedworth House and Catterick Recovery Centres. The Volunteer Project Managers act as the link between individuals who seek support and the volunteering opportunity.
To date, the pogram has had phenomenal success, engaging with a total number of 1768 wounded, injured and sick personnel! You can find a breakdown of the locations below:
|Phoenix House, Catterick (In post since Jan ’13)||19||222|
|Edinburgh PRU (In post since Aug ’11)||46||1117|
|Tedworth House (In post since Sept ’12)||69||429|
|Volunteer Project Manager Locations||New volunteers in placements|
Total number of wounded, injured and sick personnel enagaged
Those who have taken part in the World Wide Volunteering programme have benefitted from:
• Increased social integration and personal confidence building for future development.• A firm foundation for early work placements (through partners etc.) and a sound life-style change.• Stronger family inclusion in the recovery process through individual and group/team activities.
Due to the undoubted success of the programme and the benefits to the individuals who have taken part, we are thrilled to be awarding a further £90,000 to support the on-going salaries of the three Volunteer Project Managers.
Richard Illingworth from World Wide Volunteering says; "Thank you so much. It goes without saying that we are so thrilled with this generous grant, without which we simply would not be able to reach all those that need support. WWV are so proud of our close relationship and partnership with Help for Heroes. Thank you for all your guidance and help, and constant support."
For more information about the brilliant work World Wide Volunteering do, visit their website at: www.wwv.org.uk