Equal Futures were recently invited by Angela Gracie to talk to the team at the Council of Voluntary Organisations East Ayrshire. It was great to meet the team and let them know about the work we do and find out about what they do for communities throughout East Ayrshire. The CVO Community Connectors work closely with all of East Ayrshire’s GP practice teams and actively support clients to find and access services or resources best suited to meet their needs and circumstances. The Connectors at the meeting were very enthusiastic about the possibilities of working with Equal Futures and how our work could compliment the support they provide for people with Learning Disabilities and Autism throughout the region.
In our many years of experience building friendships and circles of support we have worked with many individuals and their families to explore new opportunities, develop friendships and support people to live independently. Our volunteers will spend time getting to know the person they are matched with and find out what their goals are and work with them to help realise their goals. This can be as simple as going along to a new club or group where they can get to meet new people or it could be that someone is thinking about moving into their own house and living independently. Working alongside CVOEA will help us bring our expertise and commitment to more people who are isolated and are looking to try new things and get more involved in their communities.
We have also been working closely with the East Ayrshire Volunteer Centre and The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) in North Ayrshire to recruit volunteers in these regions. Both organisations have been very supportive of Equal Futures and are letting potential volunteers know about the opportunities we are offering. They support volunteers with various training courses and skills development which alongside the practical training and support we provide at Equal Futures can help people into employment. Our volunteers also have opportunities to meet up with other volunteers to share experiences and talk about things that have worked well for them in their role and get support if thing are not going so well.
If you live in Ayrshire and would like to volunteer with Equal Futures, please download our application form or contact Kenny Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org