Volunteering

Do you like talking with people and having fun?

Can you listen to someone in need or having a difficult time?

Are you good with fundraising and encouraging people to support a good cause?

Are you a good organiser, enjoy filing or working with computers?

Have you any time to spare?

We need you!

We need volunteers to help with:

*  facilitate the drop-ins
*  listen to people in need (training will be provided)
*  fundraising
*  administration 
*  accounting

If you can help, please contact us.

Comments from volunteers working with Space:

Space is a wonderful project for training and encouraging people who are looking for a voluntary role. It is ideal for recently retired or unemployed people looking for something other than paid work. As a volunteer at the drop-in, I gain from the client perhaps more than I give. It is a very special service’.

‘I have a joy inside and a feeling ‘part of’ when working as a volunteer’.

‘As volunteer I hope I can help others towards a happier future. I come away from the drop-in sessions feeling fulfilled and grateful I got involved with Space.

‘I used to come to Space as a member, seeking support when I was going through a very dark and lonely time. Now life is a lot easier to cope with for me and I enjoy working as a volunteer giving something back and helping others see some light too’.

‘I gain personally from contact with people at the drop-ins. There have been a number of times when I have been having a difficult time and the focus of volunteering at drop-ins has given me cause to keep going’.

‘I think that the informal atmosphere of the Space drop-ins makes it easier to approach us without feeling inadequate for asking for help or labelling themselves with any particular condition. The care we offer, through befriending and active listening, is combined with companionship in a sincere and sensitively low-key way so as to minimise any feelings of condescension. Members are free to share problems knowing that they will be taken seriously and will not be judged or rejected. They are supported gently in making contact with others at times when they may find this difficult. People who are feeling fragile or isolated can be reassured that there is a place where they are included and respected. There is a spontaneous feeling of community within the group which I think aids healing and helps to overcome stigma associated with. say, loneliness or mental illness in a way which may be difficult or impossible for professionals or other services’.

Testimonials

Space provides a vital source of support to Aylesbury in a time of much need in our town. (past Mayor of Aylesbury, Cllr. Ranjula Takodra)

The Space project does very valuable work within the local community, providing support to many vulnerable people going through hard times for a variety of reasons. The one to one counselling sessions, weekly group drop ins and workshops run by Space help to give their users back a sense of self belief and the ability to work through their problems. (David Lidington, MP for Aylesbury)

Space is an excellent service, very valuable and much needed. It helped to have someone caring to talk to.

Comments

It provides me with a lot of company.

A place to go when you are feeling alone.

I used to come to Space as a member, seeking support when I was going through a very dark and lonely time. Now life is a lot easier to cope with for me and I enjoy working as a volunteer giving something back and helping others see some light too.

It feels like an air-pocket, a light-house, an oasis. It’s the only space where i feel being loved unconditionally, where my mind and soul are nourished, where i get to know my own humility and others. It is my most effective ‘anti-depressant’ without the harmful side effects. Life without Space? It would feel like being ‘homeless’!