Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.
It takes place 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. The week also raises awareness about the benefits of becoming a volunteer.
As well as helping others, Volunteering has been shown to have a positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer, assisting volunteers in gaining new skills and boosting self-esteem. There are many voluntary organisations in the UK that rely on volunteers to help others.
First established in 1984 by Volunteering England, the event is now coordinated by NCVO (the National Council for Voluntary Organisations). During the week stories about volunteering are shared on social media and hundreds of celebrations and events take place. Volunteers can come from all communities and all walks of life, carrying out a diverse range of roles.
If you’ve never thought about volunteering in your community then now is a great time to consider it! Your contribution can be diverse! From driving vans, getting creative with children and adults, being a friend and running errands or even undertaking more formal volunteering roles such as helping charities with finance, retail and administration! You’ll be surprised at what you might find yourself doing!
There are a variety of websites where you can easily look up volunteering opportunities in your area! Here are a few:
www.do-it.org www. vinspired.com www.charityjob.co.uk www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk
If you’re interested in volunteering in a less formal capacity, perhaps you might like to volunteer to help a neighbour in need, perhaps elderly or with a disability, once in a while? You could offer to do small errands or to cut their lawn, cook an extra portion for dinner and drop it around or offer to look after pets when they go on holiday or visit friends and family.
There are also a lot of registered charities based in and around Burton-on-Trent that might surprise you. Many village halls and Scout groups are registered charities and could also be in need of volunteers! If you’re interested in finding out about locally based charities, you can find them here:
Further information about Volunteers Week and information about becoming a volunteer can be found at www.volunteersweek.org