Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and the community, the environment, or individuals outside one’s immediate family. It is undertaken freely and without concern for financial gain. Volunteering can give you the opportunity to try something new, gain experience, develop skills, improve your career prospects, build confidence and meet new people. In Rotherham, there are nearly 50,000 volunteers who give their time each week to do something for their community or other people, without these volunteers life would be pretty grim for many of us.
In recognition of this valued contribution, the team at Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) and their partners, have been gearing up for ‘Count Me In’, when the whole month of June is given over to activities and events to celebrate our volunteers and raise the profile of volunteering in Rotherham. ‘Count Me In’ is Rotherham’s contribution to ‘The Big Celebration’ or National Volunteers’ Week; an annual event from 1st to 7th June to recognise the fantastic celebration millions of volunteers make across the UK.
There will be a number of events including the ‘Big Walk’ on Tuesday 6th June which aims to highlight all the thousands of amazing people in Rotherham who give up their time as volunteers, free of charge, each month to help others and make Rotherham a better place to live, work and play. The Walk will start at All Saints Square around 1.20pm and involve a lap of the town centre, before returning to the square around 40 minutes later. Participants will then enjoy refreshments, cake and an opportunity to network between 2.00pm and 3.00pm back at the Minster. VAR would like to encourage all volunteers and their supporters to join them.
Julie Adamson, VAR Services Manager, said: “You are never too old, or too young, never too busy and everyone has something to offer to volunteering. It is a great way of giving back to your community and gives you the feel good factor that other things often don’t. It is important for us to celebrate the unsung heroes who give so much to our town, The Big Walk is just a little something to recognise them and say thankyou.”
If you give your time as a local volunteer, or your organisation or group engages volunteers and you’d like to join in, please get in touch with Alison Thorp on 01709 834462 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for bookings is Friday 2nd June.