Some of our volunteers
Back Row: Helen, Denise, Alistair, Lisa,
Front Row: Heather, Gemma, Morag & Ashley
The Moira Anderson Foundation is fortunate to have volunteers who assist with various aspects of the charity.
Some of the activities the volunteers have assisted with are - our annual ball, conferences and fund raising. Some of the fund raising activities have included climbing Tinto Hill where we enjoyed a lovely day out finished off with a BBQ at the foot of the hill. This activity raised over £1000. We also had a bag packing day in a local supermarket. This was very worthwhile, as it not only raised funds but raised awareness of the charity. Both of these events were lead by a volunteer.
Another activity the volunteers get involved in is befriending our clients. This is very fulfilling for both the volunteer and the client. All befriending meetings are done in a structured and safe way.
The initial volunteer training is for a period of six weeks. Thereafter follows a two week befriending course, followed by First Aid training. Volunteers at present age from 17 – 60 years of age and come from all walks of life. They are committed and honest individuals and are valued members of the Moira Anderson Foundation. As part of the interview process they will require to complete information for Disclosure Scotland and all volunteers, as well as our staff, treat all aspects of their work in complete confidentiality.
Some comments from the volunteers:
“I loved taking part in the training and I can't wait to begin my volunteer work for the Moira Anderson Foundation. It was such a great learning experience on so many levels and I am very proud to be part of the team”. Lisa
“The journey through the six weeks training, finishing with Sandra Brown’s story. Each night was inspirational / emotional and thought provoking, and the bond of those in the room, shows the quality of MAF, when one not just, opens the door, but walks through”. Alistair
"Upon my training within MAF I have felt very privileged on being given such a wonderful opportunity for a worthwhile cause, everyone I met was so friendly and welcoming and I am very thankful on being welcomed within their team". Heather
"I have extremely enjoyed taking part in the training programme for the Moira Anderson Foundation. Finding out what the Foundation offers, the different types of therapies and meeting the people involved was a very worthwhile experience! I look forward to beginning my volunteering and taking part in befriending as soon as possible." Gemma
Training will begin again in Spring 2011. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for MAF, please contact Anne Lawson on 01236 602890