Induction Section 3 – The Importance of Volunteers
You are joining our team of 3,000 volunteers who give up their time and donate their skills and enthusiasm to help us to make a difference. 1,500 of our volunteers are community fundraisers who take part in challenge events to raise vital funds, and the other 1,500 carry out formal volunteering roles including:
• Branch committee/ Group volunteers
• Association Visitors
• MND Connect evening phone service
• David Niven House volunteers
• Forum Moderators
For those undertaking a formal volunteering role, we estimate that they give an average of 3 hours per week, for 40 weeks a year. Assuming an average hourly rate of £13.00 per hour, it would cost us at least £2,340,000 to provide the services given by our volunteers. In addition to this, volunteers in our branches and groups continue to raise in excess of £2,000,000 each year.
We are extremely grateful for the support of our volunteers – together we make a difference.
Volunteers have been involved with this organisation since the beginning and remain at the heart of the Association. We know that without our volunteers we could not deliver the support provided to people with MND, their carers and families at a local level.
We therefore believe that valuing our volunteers is absolutely essential for the continued success of our organisation. Valuing you is not just about saying thank you but also about providing you with a good induction, development opportunities and support. It is also about truly working in partnership which means listening to you and providing opportunities for you to feed into the long term plans of the Association.
To recognise the length of time and commitment that so many of our volunteers have given to making a difference for people affected by MND we have created our Long Service Awards. These awards are presented to anyone having been a volunteer for 5 years or more and are a small way of acknowledging our sincere thanks for their incredible dedication.
As a volunteer with us you are entitled to free full membership. Your membership entitles you to:
• vote at our national and local AGMs
• receive our member’s quarterly publication-Thumbprint magazine and our regular volunteer newsletter-The News
• invites to Association conferences and seminars, including the annual Spring Conference
• ability to elect trustees.
Our membership is made up from people living with and affected by MND, our supporters and volunteers. Becoming a member of the Association gives support for all that we do and adds to our collective voice when we are seeking to influence and campaign on behalf of those affected.
We have 3 types of membership. Full, Associate, and a new option, Friends of the Association. To learn more about these visit our membership pages.