Music Magpie volunteers project raises funds for The Trussell Trust

21 June 2017 
The Trussell Trust have presented Glenside with a certificate of thanks, for donating £280 towards their charity. The money was raised by
Glenside service users who volunteer to participate in a vocational project, linked with The Trussell Trust. Our service users assess the quality of donated CDs and sell them on-line via the specialist website “Music Magpie”, with all profit gained going back to the charity.

This project forms one of a range of vocational activities at Glenside, supported by the therapy team, aimed at providing service users with the opportunity to learn skills which they could use on their return into the community.

Many people have goals around going back to work, or finding meaningful employment, following their brain injury. Volunteering can be a good step to help regain skills and confidence and develop strategies to compensate for changes post brain injury. Not everyone is able to access supported volunteering opportunities in the community, so it was decided to develop a project on-site. The main aim was for service users to be able to access a work-like environment, whilst working towards rehabilitation goals, which can be directly or indirectly linked to employment. Before the project even started, service users were involved in a Set-Up Committee to decide what to do with the CDs and how the project would be run. The Magpie volunteer’s project provides a range of opportunities including writing an application form, attending an interview, working in a team, time keeping, learning new tasks, chairing meetings and using a computer. The needs of the project are also matched with the interests and goals of service users, for example, managing the accounts, developing an organisational system for the stock room, or designing adverts to request CD donations. Service users can also be supported to apply for other voluntary opportunities in the surrounding area. The project is supported by the therapy team including Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.

Jegan, one of the Glenside volunteers, said “I get to open and listen to a lot of CD’s! I have volunteered to do this, so that it might help me to get a job when I leave Glenside.”