|This Year's Volunteers along with the Cultivate Staff team|
Each week the Cultivate blog will be updated with all the goings on of the Tuesday sessions. This week the new crop of volunteers arrived and, after a short formal induction, got stuck in straight away creating their own journals, which will be used to record their learning throughout the eleven weeks of the course.
After the diaries the team moved on to the real hard work. The first big question the course asks is "What IS volunteering?"
The team talked about their own experiences of volunteering and considered the benefits of lending your time to others, both for the volunteer and the organisation or person you volunteer for. After thinking long and hard about what it means to volunteer, each member wrote a definition of volunteering in their hand-made diaries, which will count towards one of their learning outcomes.
" We define volunteering as any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives. Central to this definition is the fact that volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual. This can include formal activity undertaken through public, private and voluntary organisations as well as informal community participation. " - volunteering.org
Talking about the different kinds of volunteering that a person can get involved with
hopefully got our participants thinking about why it's important to volunteer. This issue will be covered as part of the session for next week - "Why volunteer?"