Community CVS has had positive feedback from many community and voluntary groups, professionals, service users and volunteers.

Community Centres

“Nice to see the centre so busy, so often now”

(Member of the community on CVS support for Community centre)

“The volunteer programme has been excellent and I believe it has put the centre in a much better position to develop and enhance the community programme in the knowledge that volunteers would be available to support them. The programme is also giving local residents the self-confidence to become involved in volunteering and develop new skills….. The board are exploring external funding opportunities and are developing a longer term perspective on the building and its role within the community.  I believe these developments have come about in part because of the active involvement of CVS in discussions and meetings with the Board members and long may this continue.

(Borough Council Director)

“It isn’t music we normally like but joining in with the actions made it really fun”

(Resident on Fun Day organised by Community CVS for Darwen Valley Community Centre)

Community Centre Volunteer-led Activity Group

“We wouldn’t have got this far without the help of CVS” 

(Community Centre Board member)

“I’m so happy, I love what I’m doing, Donna has been extremely helpful, We have had brill advice from CVS – it is helping us to go where we want to go”

Connecting Vulnerable People – helping them to help others in their community

Service Users

Volunteering has helped get me out of the house and meeting new people. I feel confident enough now to move forward and get back into employment and join in activities within the local community.

Volunteer Centre is friendly and approachable and has helped me to get involved in volunteering in my community and to feel safe and secure doing it.

“I feel more confident and comfortable around people and talking to people and just being in Blackburn”

“Without Volunteering on Prescription I would have just got worse, talking to Donna and finding out that there was so much on offer, I am now learning about computers and going to the gym”

“Every day I actually want to get out of bed now because I know I am helping people who need me”

“I really didn’t think anyone would take me seriously as a volunteer because of my mental health problems. I really wanted to help others who had experienced the same…thanks to Volunteering on prescription I am now booked in for training with a view to helping others. I feel better about me”

“Volunteering has saved my life”.

Community CVS  volunteers

“Having been out of work for 11 years volunteering has given me my confidence back, helping out has really made me feel accepted, there are  so many different people and so much help and advice out there, it’s amazing”

The whole experience has been a very positive one, when I became involved with CVS I wasn’t in the best place having just lost my dad, I have now found a new purpose in life –  without the help & support of CVS I wouldn’t be doing something I love.”

“Volunteer Centre is friendly and approachable and has helped me to get involved in volunteering and to feel safe and secure doing it.”

Bringing people together from different backgrounds is a great idea.”

“What an absolutely amazing project.”

“Glad to be part of something amazing”.

VOICE should be rolled out everywhere, every town should have a VOICE”

Health professionals

“Thank you Volunteering on prescription for all your support, we have been looking for support for ***** for a very long time and we cannot thank you enough for finding the perfect community navigator. ****** has now fiound a new lease of life…we cannot thank you enough…carry on the good work”

“Thank you for the service provided by Community CVS for my patient. She was matched up to a person who is very likeminded to herself. The confidence this treatment has given my patient gave her the courage to go out alone in a taxi for the first time in four years. This has impacted tremendously on her mental and emotional state. Thank you so much”

Katie Cain community staff nurse, West District Nurses

“Volunteering on Prescription provides an opportunity to respond effectively and at an early stage to symptoms of mental distress.  Social prescribing helps to reducing social exclusion, both for disadvantaged, isolated and vulnerable populations in general. Our doctors think this is a wonderful pathway for patients suffering with mild to moderate depression and anxiety to interact with friendly people. The Doctors at our surgery highly recommend this services to all our patients.”

GP Practice Manager

Volunteering in Care Homes

“As much as I offer voluntary help to the care home they have helped me just as much. I don’t know where I would be without them”

Volunteer at Old Gates Nursing Home

“It makes a world of difference when you come in”

Resident at Moorland View Care Home

“It is plain to see the volunteers obviously have a positive impact on the residents”

Care Home Manager

 “I think it’s great that you come into the care home especially for people who don’t have relatives or many visitors. I can see the activities you do bring pleasure to residents and I think it’s wonderful that you give up your time to do this” Family member of resident to a volunteer.

Community and voluntary groups

“CVS have always been most supportive in all areas”.

“Very much value working with CVS Team and their ideas, professional approach and engagement with partner organisations”

“Bulletin-very informative and well presented”.

“Action Learning Events- well planned, informative, fun and great networking opportunities”.

“Was new to volunteer management when I came into post – really valued the extent and standard of support from the CVS”

“Brilliant source of information and really helped when developing own volunteer resources and guidelines”

“I always enjoy popping into The Boulevard Centre and always feel welcome”