Thank You to our Volunteers on International Volunteer Day 2016 It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities. International Volunteer Day 2016’s theme is: #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality. Volunteers are integral to our work at Advocacy Focus and our volunteering team is made up of people with a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences, old and young, and from right across our community in Lancashire. We want our volunteers to get as much out of volunteering with us as they give, and our volunteers are trained and well supported by our volunteer coordinator, Lauren Lovelace. Here’s what some of our volunteers have said recently, “I have volunteered at Advocacy Focus since January 2016 and am thoroughly enjoying my experience. I particularly enjoy having direct involvement with clients at hospital drop-ins and on home visits as this gives me the personal satisfaction of knowing that my contribution has the potential to improve the lives of others. I feel fortunate and proud to be part of a well-established and dedicated organisation with a supportive Volunteer Co-ordinator who is able to meet my needs and is constantly sourcing new opportunities for my involvement. In return this makes me feel respected and included as a valued member of the team” ‘I am really enjoying coming in to the office to support Advocacy Focus with administrative duties and enjoy being amongst people. I like being busy, sorting out my 3 children and then coming into the office. It is putting structure in my life. I like accompanying advocates on home visits too and am really interested in the IMHA/IMCA work. Mental health is something I feel passionate about, especially after suffering with illness myself. I love feeling part of a team, and my self-belief and confidence is really coming along nicely. I feel like everything that I have gone through in my life has led me to this point. I feel happy to just be somewhere, where I can be myself and not be judged. To empower other people and really believe in my heart that I am capable will be a dream come true and I am beginning to know my worth.’ If you would like to volunteer at Advocacy Focus, please view our current vacancies at http://www.advocacyfocus.org.uk/volunteer-opportunities/ or for more information please contact Volunteer Coordinator Lauren Lovelace on 0300 323 0965.