Disability Action Yorkshire’s new volunteer co-ordinator has taken up her post during National Volunteers Week.
Emmi Wainwright has joined the charity from Saint Michael’s Hospice, where for the last four years she has been its patient and client volunteer co-ordinator.
In her brand-new role within Disability Action Yorkshire – which has its headquarters, training centre and social enterprise on the town’s Hornbeam Park – Emmi is to boost the number of volunteers on the charity’s books as well as further developing the “own goals” buddying scheme.
Chief Executive Jackie Snape said: “I’m delighted to welcome Emmi to Disability Action Yorkshire, particularly as she joins us during National Volunteers Week. This is a new position within our organisation, and Emmi brings to it a wealth of experience honed over the last 15 years.
“Volunteers are a vital element of our organisation, and without them we would not be able to provide the current level of service.
“For instance, our ‘Own Goals’ buddying initiative is heavily reliant on volunteer ‘buddies’ to work with disabled people in and around the district, in order to enable them to achieve their own life goals, whatever they may be!
“Emmi will be responsible for all volunteering activities, retention and recruitment, in particular young people to work with our younger customers living in our Claro Road residential home.”
Emmi Wainwright said: “I’m very much looking forward to being a part of the Disability Action Yorkshire team and developing this role.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the charity sector, and I’m keen to ensure that we are able to attract people from all backgrounds who would like the opportunity to spend time assisting both staff, and in particular, our customers.”