MACS is calling out for members of the public to become volunteers with the organisation, as part of Volunteer Week running from the 1st to the 7th of June, as well as thanking the volunteers that have helped the charity during lockdown.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, now more than ever, the work of the MACS volunteer mentor programme is crucial. With many young people who have been through the volunteer mentor programme at MACS stating that talking to someone about how they are feeling has helped the most with their mental health, MACS are looking for more volunteers to step up so that even more young people can be matched with a mentor.
Established in 1990 to provide a range of services for young people, MACS work with children and young people (aged 6 –25) who haven’t had a fair deal in life and may be experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, self-harm, mental health issues, leaving care or are generally at risk.
MACS offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for people to get involved in; from Muddy Paws, where volunteers and young people alike can get hands on with dogs every day, to the Wellbeing service, which will see volunteers matched with a young person to enjoy fun, confidence building activities together on a weekly basis. Meeting once a week for up to three months, volunteer mentors spend time with their young person doing different activities, chatting about their week or, most importantly, simply listening to what the young person has to say .
Amy Stothers, Volunteer Co-ordinator at MACS said:
“Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things that I have done and I know firsthand that the young people and the mentor both get so much from their experience. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers for their continued work.”
“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on people’s mental health, and our volunteers have really been there for the young people who have struggled during these lockdowns.”
“We would encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer to reach out and help our young people who are struggling with their mental health on a daily basis.”