We’re celebrating Volunteers Week!

Our Social Space is led by a dedicated volunteer Trustee team of local residents.  We recognise the invaluable and diverse contribution volunteers make and would love you to join us!  We are seeking volunteers to help run our social activities and events, to create space for social connections and build a sense of belonging.

  • As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ well-being too
  • It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out
  • Volunteering can help gain valuable new skills and experience, and boost your confidence
  • In 2017/18 one in five people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a month

In our community engagement survey, we were delighted that 79% respondents said they were interested in volunteering their time and skills to help co-create Our Social Space.  Now’s your chance

Wood ‘n’ Bike Shed project

Over 200 local residents of Ballynafeigh/Ormeau responded to our community engagement survey in November 2018, and here’s what they told us…

    • 87% want more opportunities to make social connections
    • 92% want workshops e.g. woodwork, furniture repair, bicycle repair etc.
    • 83% want group exercise opportunities e.g. group walks, runs, cycles etc.
    • 79% want opportunities to volunteer their time and skills

To make this happen we sought support from Community Foundation NI ‘Circle of Change’ fund towards our Wood ‘n’ Bike Shed project.  This amazing circle (a group of 18 ordinary people who gave up their time over a six months’ period) worked together to raise funds to make a positive impact to our society.  We are honoured that Our Social Space has been selected as one of their six amazing projects.

How do I get involved?

If you can identify an area of interest that you think you may be able to help us with, complete an expression of interest.

We will send you a Volunteer Application Form and invite you along to our upcoming Volunteers Information Evening.

When you return your Volunteer Application Form, we will invite you along for an informal chat.  Referees will be sought and necessary vetting checks carried out.

Then the fun begins!