Community Volunteer Programme
Establishing a community volunteer programme for adults and children with special educational needs
The Brent Lodge Park community volunteer programme was established in 2009. The key focus of this volunteer programme was to encourage groups with special emotional and learning needs to participate in the redevelopment of the animal centre. This scheme was established to incorporate groups on a regular basis into the working practises of the animal centre. The programme was developed to improve the confidence and motivation of those groups that struggle in formal learning environments.
The project was instigated to act as an illustration of what these groups can achieve for the benefit of the wider community, through their contribution towards the creation of a better animal centre. All the activities were carried out during opening hours and the volunteers were encouraged to speak with the visiting public as to what they were doing and what they had already achieved.
The programme was also designed to be used as a template for future programmes at the animal centre to demonstrate the benefits of incorporating groups often not included in traditional volunteer programmes.