Haven Helpers (Volunteering)

How we Created Our Haven Helper Volunteer Program
(at the exact moment our community needed it the most)

It all began with a simple question: how can I give back to The Haven?

Do you have any volunteering opportunities?

I cringed at the questions. All my experience of volunteering was full of bitterness and resentment that often plagued such initiatives, I found myself hesitant. I didn’t fully appreciate, understand or have the skill set to harness the power of volunteering. Then a serendipitous opportunity presented itself.

And I changed my mind.

We launched our Haven Helper Pioneers program, inviting individuals to join us in shaping the future of volunteering at The Haven. These pioneers, far more than mere volunteers, became the architects of our volunteering program, sharing their insights, ideas, and aspirations for how we could create a program that truly served our community. They were more than volunteers – they were Haven Helpers!

As fate would have it, we officially launched our volunteering program the week before we went into lockdown due to the pandemic. While the timing may have seemed less than ideal, it proved to be a catalyst for innovation and diversification. As the world around us grappled with uncertainty and upheaval, our volunteers rose to the occasion, demonstrating resilience, compassion, and a steadfast commitment to serving others by helping me transform our yoga studio into The Haven Community Larder.

Today, our Haven Helper volunteering program continues to thrive, guided by the principles of inclusivity, appreciation, and purpose. We’ve created a culture where every individual is valued for their unique contributions, where volunteering is not just about giving back, but about coming together to be the change we want to see.

As we look to the future, I am filled with gratitude for the serendipitous moments and unexpected twists and turns that have shaped our volunteering program at The Haven. Through it all, we’ve learned that true community is built on a foundation of connection, collaboration, and shared purpose. And with each act of kindness, each moment of connection, we reaffirm our commitment to nurturing a community where everyone feels supported, included, and belongs.

If you want to become a Haven Helper email hello@thehaven.co.uk for more information.

PS – The first person who ever asked me how to give back to The Haven, ended up being a board member!

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