Organisatons urged to take on volunteers after Ongo's own success story

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 Feb 2018

ONGO is encouraging local businesses to take volunteers into their organisations as part of a new project it has set up.

The volunteering project sees Ongo working with businesses to supply them with volunteers to work in their organisation for eight weeks. The aim is to support local people and help get them the skills and experience to become work-ready and be able to secure paid employment.

The project has been running since March 2015 and has supported more than 225 volunteers in organisations across North Lincolnshire. 

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Scott Stalgis, volunteer co-ordinator for Ongo, said: “We’ve had really positive feedback from all the businesses that have taken on volunteers. As a business they had additional support in their teams for eight weeks. But most importantly they were able to offer someone a volunteering placement to help gain useful skills and experience to help them get a job.

“We’d love to hear from local businesses that might be able to take on a volunteer, whatever sector or industry they’re from. We have lots of volunteers eager to start, and we will do all the relevant checks and measures to make sure they are suitable for your organisation. So it really is a simple process to take on volunteers, and we offer ongoing support throughout the eight weeks.”

The Caretaking Team has supported 19 volunteers through this programme. Steve Gilmour, Ongo’s estate services team leader, said: “I love that as an organisation we’re able to take on volunteers. It’s a great way to support local people and help get them work ready. Our volunteers have all developed into really hard working and enthusiastic people. 

“Giving someone an opportunity where they may have previously been faced with barriers could be just what they need to reach their full potential.”

Liam Watson (pictured), started his journey with Ongo in March 2016 as a volunteer. He had very little confidence and had been out of work for some time before he began volunteering. Following his placement in the Caretaking Team he secured a full time, paid role there.

Now a safety inspection officer at Ongo, he said: “Before I started volunteering I didn’t even want to leave the house, let alone talk to and meet people I didn’t know. 

“It was an amazing opportunity and has really helped me with my confidence. I definitely wouldn’t have been ready or have the right skills to apply for the job I have now if I hadn’t volunteered first. More businesses should definitely take on volunteers and give them a chance.”

For more information call 01724 844848. 

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