EyUp! funded events to help the Recovery Colleges celebrate their volunteers and thank them for their support during Volunteers Week.
The Recovery and Wellbeing Colleges are led by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The colleges work in partnership with volunteers and other supporting organisations (both local and national) to develop and run a range of free courses and workshops, that promote wellbeing and good health.
The Exchange Recovery College in Barnsley treated their volunteers to a meal at The Falco Lounge at the Glassworks for all their amazing work and support. The volunteers who were not able to attend were given a voucher to use in the future.
Volunteers at Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery college visited The Mental Health Museum in Wakefield to explore the history of mental health care from the early 19th Century to the present day. That evening other volunteers attended the college for pizza and a chance to get together and socialise.
Wakefield Recovery and Wellbeing College organised a cinema experience at Pontefract Library with lunch for their volunteers followed by an awards ceremony. The awards were given to their volunteers to celebrate their achievements during their time at the college.
Volunteers Week took place 1-7 June and was a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.
Sarah Walinski-Kiehl, peer support worker at the Calderdale and Kirklees Recovery college commented “Since the events the volunteers have been more connected and engaged with the college. The ‘lockdown barrier’ which had left the volunteers feeling ‘out of the loop’, disconnected from the college and each other have been broken down.”
A volunteer at Wakefield Recovery College “The awards made me feel valued for giving my time to volunteer for the college.”
Lisa Hart, acting principal at the Exchange Recovery College Barnsley “We had a lovely day in the sunshine, which lifted spirits and was a great opportunity for all our volunteers to come together and celebrate the amazing work they do at the college.”