Volunteer At The Work-Link Project

We offer 'real' volunteering opportunities for people with mental ill health and other disabilities in a supportive environment, we recognize their valuable input, the skills and experiences they bring and we work with them to help them achieve their goals.

Volunteers are normally recruited via referrals from a number of sources, the majority come from the local community mental health team, social workers, day centres and Volunteer Action.

Volunteer

A volunteer working on a database

Every volunteer does a valuable job and as they work they do gain a sense of achievement as they serve customers, P.A.T test electrical items, work on a database, design a poster or collect and deliver our recycled furniture & electrical goods.

How We Help

Someone described Work-Link as 'Not just a place to go... but a place to grow'. All our volunteers have individual development plans and work towards their own goals, moving on to further training, education, open volunteering or paid employment within a 2 year period.

Volunteer

A volunteer working on reception, taking calls and booking in items for collection

We offer individual support and regular reviews to help volunteers achieve these goals. We have a 'Job Search with Gerry' slot weekly and a 'Careers Advice with Kelly' from North Warwickshire College Careers Service. We provide links with local agencies such as colleges, Voluntary Action and employment services.

As volunteers gain confidence and a sense of achievement through the work they do, they find the courage to take advantage of the courses in Health & Safety, First Aid, Food Hygiene and CV Writing.

The buzz of achieving a recognised qualification gives many volunteers the confidence to go on to take an NVQ in Retail, Customer Service or Business Administration. In addition, our drivers take MIDAS certificates and volunteers from the electrical department take City and Guilds in Portable Appliance Testing.