As I write this article we have just come to the end of Volunteers Week, which is an annual celebration of volunteering – the theme this year was ‘Time to Say Thanks’ and couldn’t have been more appropriate. Due to the ongoing restrictions, our celebration was a digital one which reflects the way everyone has adapted how we do things over the last year. It was fantastic to see so many messages of thanks from different parts of our community that we shared on social media, and feedback from organisations who had been supported so much over the last year by their teams of volunteers.
What was equally as fantastic was the feedback we received from volunteers themselves who had given their time to help others – some in roles they were doing before the pandemic but which might have changed to meet our ‘new world’, whilst others volunteered in response to the pandemic. Whichever it was, it is both humbling and inspiring to hear why people have been so keen to help others and their communities, and what it meant to them.
We saw this even more so on a recent Saturday morning when a group of volunteers got together to go out on a litter pick around the South West area of the town. The children who came along already have a real interest in improving their local environment, but everyone had a shared desire to clean up the rubbish and make the neighbourhood look more attractive. The morning was topped off by everyone being invited back to the X Church for a well-deserved BBQ in the sun.
People have always had their own reasons for volunteering, and perhaps you have been inspired by seeing or reading about what other people get involved in. You might ask “what’s in it for me…?” and there isn’t just one answer. Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house and do something meaningful – it can help develop your own confidence, you might build friendships or make contacts, and you might develop existing skills or learn new ones. These might be useful in your day-to-day life, and can also help people get into employment or change direction. Volunteering is a great way to improve your wellbeing.
As restrictions continue to be lifted, there are more and more opportunities to volunteer once again – you can see what’s currently available on our website which gets updated every week. Alternatively, you are very welcome to contact us to have a chat to see what is available and what might suit you – every volunteer wants, and has, a different experience.
At the current time all our services can be accessed in the following ways: visit www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk, call us on 01427 613470 or email email@example.com.
Voluntary Centre Services, West Lindsey