Today is International Volunteers Day, offering a chance to celebrate every individual who gives their time to help Mosaic to continue offering support to bereaved children and young people across Dorset. Our work would simply not be possible without the help of all our incredible volunteers!
As awareness of Mosaic grows across Dorset, so too does the number of fundraising events, family activity days and residential weekends. For this reason, we welcome new volunteers and have put together a few frequently asked questions about volunteering.
What are the benefits to volunteering?
Volunteering is a great way to meet others with shared values and interests. You can learn new skills or expand on those you already have within the range of roles that we have available. In addition to this, it offers an opportunity to give something back to society.
How can I get involved?
Do I need to have worked with children before?
Our volunteers all come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions. It can be beneficial to have some experience of working with children, but this is not an essential requirement for most of our volunteering roles. All potential volunteers attend an interview to see which roles their skills and experience would be best suited to. With a wide range of roles on offer, there is a way for everyone to get involved in supporting Mosaic.
How much time do I need to commit to?
You can volunteer as much or as little as you like. Some of our volunteers offer a few hours every week, whereas others may only help on a stall once a month, or at our residential weekends a few times a year. There is the opportunity to volunteer during the week in our office but also plenty of opportunities for getting involved in the evenings and weekends, so can fit around most people's busy lives.
What training and support is available for volunteers?
We have lots of ongoing support for our volunteers, with the opportunity to talk to the senior management if, and when, needed. All volunteers attending our residential weekends must attend a day-long training course which looks at how children understand bereavement, what happens at our residential weekends and offers the chance to have a go at some of the activities that we use when working with children and young people.