Update September 2021: Our Head Office in Hanley is starting to re-open, with Covid-19 safety precautions in place for the protection of our staff and our clients. We are currently seeing children & young people face-to-face and hope to start to open to our adult clients in the next few weeks. Our Dove Buddies groups are starting back up in several locations, please call our office or check our Facebook page for more information.
Volunteering

Volunteering – giving a little something back

Marion shares her story on volunteering 

As part of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2019) we share one of our volunteer stories from Marion who tells us how she became involved with volunteering for the Dove Service following the loss of her husband….

“Many years ago l found myself in the situation like many others who have been bereaved; I had sadly lost my beloved Husband and I didn’t know who to talk to or where to turn.  I was seeing and hearing the need for a bereavement support group in my hometown of Congleton and, after speaking with my Doctor’s Surgery and with local churches, everyone was in agreement that a bereavement support group was something which was much needed.

A little time went by and having not heard of the Dove Service at the time and totally out of the blue, the Minister at my local church informed me that the The Dove Service had been in contact with them enquiring about providing a private room at the church for a bereavement support group and, did he know anyone who could facilitate such a group – was this divine intervention or what?!
 
I obviously jumped at the chance to facilitate their Bereavement Support Group and now, three years later, I am here and still helping to run the group which has now gone on to become a ‘Dove Buddiessocial/friendship group, held at Congleton United Reformed Church, running every second and forth Wednesday of the month.  I feel extremely privileged to be involved with the Dove Service and all I would say to anyone who has a few hours to spare is, please support this charity if you can help; this may be in the form of fundraising or facilitating at any groups, it gives you a sense of achievement and such a good feeling inside.  I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ you to everyone at the Dove Service for their support”.

 

If you would be interested in volunteering for the Dove Service, call us on 01782 683155