We were delighted to accept an invitation from our Patron Samantha Cameron to attend a splendid evening at none other than 10 Downing Street on Tuesday evening. We always want to shout from the rooftops about our incredible army of volunteers who pledge their time to us each year and the occasion was the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Our volunteers contributed an impressive total of 3,496 weeks to our charity in the last year alone and for all that you give to us, we work hard to give you just as much in return. You don’t have to take our word for it – we unveiled our new survey results at the reception, which were testament to the plentiful personal and social benefits to be reaped from a volunteering experience with our charity. Here’s a little more of what some of you told us – an overwhelming 95% of you aged 16-25 said that volunteering had improved your prospects of gaining employment, with a further 49% saying that volunteering had helped you to secure your job. That’s not all – three quarters of you agreed that volunteering had inspired you to play a more active role in your communities!
We also had the opportunity to launch two brand new Impact Reports entitled ‘Sharing Stories’ of our volunteers and another of our guests. The wonderful stories shared by our guests and volunteers, coupled with our research findings, enable us to truly bring our work to life.
I will end by sharing with you the words of current Revitalise volunteer Henry Mann who told us: “Volunteering with Revitalise has made the most fundamental impact on my life. I’ve grown in confidence. There’s a different kind of satisfaction you find through selflessness that you can’t get in other ways.” With those words, I think the value of volunteering truly does speak for itself.