Volunteers’ Week 2018

07 June 2018

As Volunteers’ Week 2018 comes to an end, we reflect on some of the different ways that projects we support across Great Britain have celebrated the incredible contribution that volunteers make to their communities.

In Redditch, local charity Carers Careline treated their volunteers to a special beauty experience to thank them for their hard work.

Volunteers play a major role in delivering this Active Communities-funded project that aims to help carers feel less isolated socially, less stressed and more able to cope with the demands of the role.

Most of our volunteers have been carers themselves and some still are, so they know just how hard and unforgiving the caring role can be."  

Becky Howes, their volunteers’ co-ordinator

In Greater London, Volunteer Centre Hackney, also funded through our Active Communities programme, organised a Volunteer Fair, as well as offering a short introductory course on Getting into Volunteering.

Taking place at Hackney Museum in London on Wednesday 6 June, residents were invited to come along to meet with charities and community groups around Hackney to get a feel about what kinds of roles are on offer.

Pictured above - Volunteer Centre Hackney's event in Greater London

Last week, the Local Conversation in Holyhead, North Wales, held a training session for their volunteers.

Local residents involved with the project requested training in Emergency Paediatric First Aid so that they could better support their community at local events.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to gain these new skills. The day was informative and fun. I hope I will have the chance to get involved in future courses as I know these skills will be of use while working with children.”

Local resident and project member

Pictured above – members from the Local Conversation in Holyhead, Anglesey

The Local People project in Hesters Way, Cheltenham, supported by TCV, organised a community lunch on Friday 1 June. The idea came from the steering group of the Hester’s Way Community Fund – a group of volunteer residents who work together to identify challenges in their local area and to take action to address them.  

There was fun for all the family, with a free sit-down lunch in the church hall, music sing-along, family escape rooms, free digital portrait studio, a bouncy castle and lawn games on Ashlands Square. There was also a World Café activity where residents talked to their neighbours about what community issues are important to them and how residents can work together to improve where they live.

“We spoke to lots of people living on and around Hesters Way and they told us they wanted to get to know their neighbours better. Our group decided that a community lunch was a great way to meet people and have fun at the same time”.

Local resident and project member Tanya Harrison

Pictured above – members of the Local People project in Hesters Way, Cheltenham, supported by TCV.

The Local Conversation in Netherfield, Milton Keynes, ran a drop-in session to promote Volunteers’ Week and the Local Conversations project. This was a great opportunity for residents to get together and discuss issues and concerns which affect people on the estate. Members of the Steering Group and local residents, supported by Community Action:MK, are working together to address a number of priorities including decreasing fly tipping, increasing the number and range of activities for young people, decreasing anti-social behaviour and improving green spaces.

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Pictured above – some of the members of the Local Conversation in Netherfield project

On the same day, Justice Prince CIC, the organisation supporting residents involved with the Local Conversation in Longbenton, North Tyneside, received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This well-deserved reward recognises the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers. More on this coming soon.

Pictured above – Karen and Julie from the Local Conversation in Longbenton, Newcastle.

Thank you to all the volunteers who give their time and energy to help reduce local health inequalities across Great Britain. 

 

Did you celebrate? We’d love to hear how. Share your stories on social media using the hashtag #VolunteersWeek – and don’t forget to tag us!

 

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