Borough Care, the largest not-for-profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, is offering volunteering opportunities to young people through its links with The Challenge, which created and developed the HeadStart volunteering programme. HeadStart connects young people between the ages of 16 and 19 to local volunteering opportunities, with the aim of up-skilling and empowering them for further education and employment.
HeadStart volunteers have been busy planning fundraising events for Borough Care’s resident amenity fund, which provides the little extras that make life more colourful for residents. The first HeadStart project with Borough Care took place at its Wellcroft home in Gatley. The ‘PlayStreet Youth Volunteering Challenge’ featured outdoor games and a tombola for residents, their families and friends.
The next HeadStart project is taking place at Borough Care’s Silverdale home in Bredbury. For the project, entitled ‘Shared Lives’, the young volunteers will be speaking with residents to capture their life stories and exploring the similarities and differences with their own lives.
Commenting on the HeadStart link up, Geraldine Blow, Area Manager at Borough Care, says: “It’s fantastic to welcome so many enthusiastic and imaginative young people to Borough Care. Being able to provide young people with the skills they need to enter the world of work, while giving our residents the chance to take part in fun and exciting projects, means it’s a win-win for everyone.”