SCAFT relies on the commitment and dedication of it’s team of volunteers to help deliver it’s services. This small but essential band of people from all walks of life add a huge range of skills and interests to the services we offer. With a spread ranging from students to retirees and everything in-between SCAFT’s volunteers offer a wealth of value to our work. Some of our volunteers have been with us for many, many years others may join us for a while before returning to work after raising a family, whilst they take a gap year or to gain experience prior to continuing their studies.
One of our most valuable assets are those young carers who return as young adults to give back something to a service they got so much from. The insight into the issues young carers face that these volunteers give is remarkable.
The varied contributions volunteers make include helping run general activities, games and sports at our Young Carers Respite Sessions, cooking at these sessions, running art and craft activities, providing Maths homework support and numeracy workshops, running a Gardening Club and supporting our Young Carer Support Workers with a range of tasks.
SCAFT is also supporting local schools with placing Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme students into SCAFT’s Primary Young Carers Respite Groups to gain valuable volunteering experience and make a significant contribution to their communities.