Community Champions are individuals, businesses, and organisations who accept volunteers and work-experience participants from us, and help them to gain confidence and experience, and occasionally offer them employment.
Often when somebody has a physical disability, or a history of mental illness or substance abuse, employers will write them off as a bad risk. Which not only damages that person’s self-esteem and condemns them to a life on benefits (which of course harms the community as a whole), but is an incredible waste of talent. People who have faced and overcome great adversities in life are often some of the most talented and conscientious people in the community. And by throwing these people out due to preconceptions and false assumptions that they’re less able than anyone else to perform a given role is not only tragic and short-sighted, but monumentally wasteful.
Some people, businesses, and organisations however are made of sterner stuff, and possess enough vision to see that it makes a great deal of sense, and creates win-win-win situations for themselves, for the individuals they take on, and for the community as a whole, when they open their doors to Volunteers and Work-experience Participants, and give people who have faced great challenges in life a chance. That’s all people need, a chance – an open door, so that they can demonstrate who they are and what they can do. And you might be surprised what people can do when given that chance.
There’s no risk involved, Isorropia Community Champions are under no obligation to take people on in a permanent paid capacity. Only if that placement works out and everyone involved would like to proceed, do we consider taking the next step, which might involve training (which we can organise at no cost to you through our partnership with the Adult Community Learning Centre), or that person’s role transitioning into something more permanent. It’s unrealistic to expect every placement to work out perfectly, but it’s important that we try, and place people into opportunities in which wonderful outcomes can occur.
And in return for your participation, Isorropia Community Champions receive not only a steady stream of as many talented and passionate volunteers and work-experience participants as they need, but they benefit by receiving some extremely positive PR, as well as a thank you package, that includes an Isorropia Foundation lapel pin and window sticker, quarterly updates that keep you informed of how we’re getting on and what our plans for the future are, and invitations to ‘Friends of Isorropia’ events, like meetings, celebrations, and fund-raisers, so that you can meet our team of staff, volunteers, patrons, and other community-minded individuals like yourself – to see first-hand what we do, and what you’re helping to achieve.
If you’d like to participate in our Isorropia Community Champions programme, then please get in touch by clicking the button below.