11 Dec 2019

For the fifth time running, NewLink Wales has received the WCVA Investing in Volunteers mark, having been the first organisation in Wales to receive the Award in 2005.



The Award recognises our ongoing commitment to the people we work with across our projects, and helps demonstrate our determination to keep innovating, to uphold high standards, and to do what we do better than ever before.


Making it about people

'The most important part of running our projects is having a clear understanding of everyone who's there,' explains Mel, the coordinator for our MILE programme, which prepares people in recovery from wellbeing challenges for volunteering and employment in the wellbeing sector. 'There's no one-size-fits all approach; you have to work to the skills and strengths of each volunteer.'

This focus on individual strengths, needs and abilities is the core of how we work, as is complete honesty and openness with our project members. Our assessment process allows us to place people in the projects that are going to work best for them at their current stage of recovery. This means that if individuals aren't ready for the project they were hoping to access, we can still include them in work that will move them forward.

'This way of working means that we can always offer people opportunities that are achievable, and suited to them as people,' explains Erwan, coordinator of the NewSteps project, which operates as a starting point for people early in their recovery journey. 'It's a big part of building their confidence and self-belief, and that's absolutely essential for their growth.'

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