Supported Volunteering Success

Supported Volunteering Success

16th May 2016

SAVS is celebrating after receiving funding from the Big Lottery to support people with mental health issues.  The award of £234,537 from the Reaching Communities programme will enable SAVS to continue to support people recovering from mental ill-health into volunteering for the next five years.

“The service we provide to help people to volunteer as they recover from mental ill health can be a real lifeline and makes a huge difference to their lives,” says Alison Semmence, Chief Executive of SAVS.

“We have been providing the service for five years and have a constant stream of people coming through to use the service.  In these difficult times when support for people with mental health problems is hard to find, our service can really make a difference to improve the quality of life for people.”

The funding will enable SAVS to provide the additional support that is needed to help people identify the skills and interests they have and find the right volunteering opportunity for them.  Volunteering is a great way to get back into the routine of daily living, providing structure to the day, learning new skills, meeting new people and creating social opportunities.