Thank you volunteers for all you do!

As National Volunteers’ Week 2018 approaches, Telford & Wrekin Council is thanking the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to help others and make a difference in their communities.

Thank you volunteers for all you do!

National Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June, is an annual celebration of volunteers and the contribution they make.  This year’s theme is ‘volunteering for all’ to celebrate the huge range of volunteers in all their guises, from carers to fundraisers and litter pickers to events helpers as well as all of the other wonderful volunteers that help to make their communities great.

Telford & Wrekin Council is taking this opportunity to thank the borough’s volunteers for all they do to help others and improve their communities.

Councillor Raj Mehta, Mayor of the borough of Telford and Wrekin, said: “Thank you cards are going out to many volunteers who give up their free time to help others.  Our volunteers are all ages and come from all walks of life, some volunteer for a couple of hours a month, others several days a month and some even more often.

“They help with a variety of volunteering opportunities, including supporting people, working outdoors on environmental projects and helping with the events being organised as part of our town’s 50th birthday.  Groups and businesses are also showing pride in our community and doing their bit to make a difference.  Huge, heartfelt thanks go to them all.”

As well as making a difference, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing, help them learn new skills, gain work experience to add to a CV, meet new people and boost their confidence.
Hub on the Hill volunteers Kelly and Judy are among those who have benefitted from volunteering.  Kelly had been on catering courses but had never had a paid job.  Her life revolved around looking after her son while her partner went out to work.  After her relationship broke down, she felt increasingly isolated and her confidence took a knock.  She decided to do something about it and began volunteering in the café for a couple of hours a week.  Kelly quickly gained confidence and is now the café manager. 

Judy started volunteering after a bout of ill-health meant she had to give up her job.  While unemployed, she felt bored and found the longer she stayed at home, the more her self-esteem decreased.  Volunteering at the café for a couple of days a week changed that.  She soon got involved in the running of the café and organising community events.  Today Judy is employed at the café for 16 hours a week.  Together, Kelly and Judy are making a difference. 

If you’re interested in volunteering visit to see what opportunities there are and read some volunteering stories to inspire you.