CLD Inverclyde would like to thank their volunteers for their commitment and support over this difficult year.
Please tell us about CLD Inverclyde?
Community Learning and Development (CLD) offers a wide range of educational services across Inverclyde. Our main areas of learning focus on Employability, Adult Literacies Support, English for Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL) language acquisition, Family Learning, Health and Well-being and Digital Inclusion. Our services are free and open to anyone living or working in Inverclyde. Learners are supported by both staff and volunteers to identify and work towards their learning goals.
Why do you include volunteers?
Volunteers are an integral part of the CLD provision – we wouldn’t be able to offer the level of support to learners that we do without their input and support. Volunteers will undergo initial training with CLD and have the opportunity to visit learning sessions before they are placed with learners within the learning sessions. This gives them an excellent grounding in the CLD approach.
How does CLD support their volunteers?
As well as ongoing support, volunteers can attend regular meetings with the group tutors and volunteer co-ordinators to discuss the work they are supporting learners with, their own progress within the organisation and also to identify any training needs. Some volunteers have also supported the induction of new volunteers into provision, providing an input into initial training.
Volunteers are consulted on changes to CLD provision and asked to put forward suggestions for course delivery, possible training opportunities etc. Volunteers are also consulted on volunteer programme development, have the option to attend Team Meetings, internal and external CPD training opportunities and input into CVS Inverclyde developments (such as the Volunteering Strategy).
Tell us about your volunteers?
The Adult Learning, Literacies and ESOL volunteers provide invaluable support to CLD learners within the local communities of Inverclyde. Their commitment and enthusiasm contribute to the quality learning experience the Service is able to provide and the wealth of skills and experience they bring to the CLD Service is phenomenal and benefits CLD Tutors and learners alike. Volunteer involvement has meant that CLD has been able to expand services even where there have been budget restrictions.
People become volunteers with CLD for a variety of reasons. Some are retired and want to give something back by working with others in their local communities and some are employed and want to develop their skills in another field. Others are looking to return to employment and see this volunteering role as an excellent way of developing their skills set and experience.
Learners within the groups can often have barriers to learning and the volunteers play an integral part in establishing trust and encouraging the learners to settle within their sessions and complete accreditation by demonstrating empathy and patience with all the learners they support.
Comments from learners themselves illustrate just how important the volunteers are.
“They make me want to go on and learn more.”
“My volunteer has been very supportive, helping me understand my maths, giving me great support and that means so much.”
“I have hardly done any writing since school which is about 22 years ago. The volunteers here have helped me a lot with refreshing my memory.”
“The volunteer has helped me greatly. I started the class with no computer skills or experience as I don’t have one at home.”
“They’ve given me lots of help and encouragement to achieve my goals and gain my SQA qualifications.”
Interested in Volunteering for CLD please contact:
Tricia Donaghy & Mark Frith – Volunteer Co-ordinators
Community Learning & Development