Volunteers are at the very heart of WAY Widowed and Young’s peer-to-peer support network – helping us to support more than 3,000 young widowed people across the country. That’s why we’re so excited to let you know that WAY has been offered a grant of £9,950 from the National Lottery Community Fund to help encourage the participation and recruitment of volunteers.
“Project SWAN” will help WAY volunteers reach out to widowed people in their communities through awareness raising activities and to build relationships in and across their communities by actively engaging with local community groups, organisations and local venues such as GP surgeries, churches, community centres, village halls, local shops and libraries.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding from the National Lottery Community Fund,” said WAY’s CEO Rebecca Cooper. “The project came about as our volunteers fed back that they needed additional materials to help with their role and to get the word out about WAY in their local areas. The funding will not only allow us to support our existing dedicated team of volunteers but will also help us to recruit new volunteers too. The ultimate goal will be to raise awareness of WAY’s support in communities and to help us to reach out to bereaved people to show they don’t have to navigate their grief alone.”
We are excited to work with our members on the roll out of Project SWAN, which will begin early next year. Watch this space…