Celebrating our volunteers on International Volunteer Day

Share this page

December 5 is International Volunteer Day and we wanted to take this opportunity to share some inspirational words from some WAY volunteers, who are at the very heart of our charity.

WAY is a peer-to-peer support network and nearly all our volunteers have been widowed at a young age themselves so they understand exactly what our members are going through.

We have a network of Area Coordinators who help to welcome WAY members and organise meet up at a local level. We also have a small army of volunteers who organise events across the country – as well as social media volunteers and media volunteers who help us to get the word out about WAY’s work.

See our video below from our National Volunteer Manager Veronica Currie explaining how it all works.

We asked some of our volunteers why they decided to volunteer for WAY and here’s what they told us:

Elanor: “I feel such a kinship with my fellow widowed folk that I want to help bring us together and ease our pain. It’s about giving back and keeping our community alive.”

Karen: “WAY helped me find a new path with happiness again in this tough life so I wanted to give back and help others in whatever small way I can.”

Rebecca: “I want to give back something of the support that I have received - and to be able to tell people that life will get better.”

Jacqueline: “I was looked after and now I'm passing the love on.”

Amanda: “I thought it would help me meet people who understood exactly how I felt and might also help me process my own grief, by helping others.”

Louise: “WAY meant that I knew people were there who understood and got it. I wanted to make sure others felt welcomed and supported.”

Rhona: “I remembered how delighted I felt when our Area Contact got in touch with me to say Hi and to suggest a meet up for a coffee just a day after I joined WAY. When she felt she had to step down I really wanted new members to have that same welcome and let them know that someone understood some of what they were going through and so I became an Area Contact. I still feel I get just as much out of it as I put in if not more 

December 5 is International Volunteer Day and we wanted to take this opportunity to share some inspirational words from some WAY volunteers, who are at the very heart of our charity

WAY is a peer-to-peer support network and nearly all our volunteers have been widowed at a young age themselves so they understand exactly what our members are going through.

We have a network of Area Coordinators who help to welcome WAY members and organise meet up at a local level. We also have a small army of volunteers who organise events across the country – as well as social media volunteers and media volunteers who help us to get the word out about WAY’s work.

We asked some of our volunteers why they decided to volunteer for WAY and here’s what they told us:

Elanor: “I feel such a kinship with my fellow widowed folk that I want to help bring us together and ease our pain. It’s about giving back and keeping our community alive.”

Karen: “WAY helped me find a new path with happiness again in this tough life so I wanted to give back and help others in whatever small way I can."

Jacqueline: “I was looked after and now I'm passing the love on.”

Rhona: “I remembered how delighted I felt when our Area Contact got in touch with me to say Hi and to suggest a meet up for a coffee just a day after I joined WAY. When she felt she had to step down I really wanted new members to have that same welcome and let them know that someone understood some of what they were going through and so I became an Area Contact. I still feel I get just as much out of it as I put in if not more."

Norman: “Each year I ask local members if they want me as their Area Contact and each year I get a resounding ‘yes’, which fills me with honour and pride.”

Phyl: “I recall the support I got from others further along their grief journey, that a good and happy life, albeit different, was still an option. I now give others this support and hope.”

Ali: “I did the Area Contact role for a while as WAY has helped me so much in the early days… You can’t underestimate how a message/interaction/meet up can really help in trying to put a perspective on things. I put myself out there in the hope that my efforts might make that small difference to someone else somehow.”

Our National Volunteer Manager Veronica Currie explains how it works in the video link below...

And you can read the story of one of our volunteers here...

If you’d like to find out about volunteering for WAY, please get in touch at enquiries@widowedandyoung.org.uk