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Support Staffordshire Volunteer co-ordinator Rick Hill

County’s volunteers to join in national celebrations

Thousands of Volunteers from across Staffordshire will be joining the celebrations for National Volunteers’ Week, starting on Friday 1 June.

Celebration parties, award ceremonies and information events will all be recognising the huge contribution that thousands of volunteers make every day, helping make Staffordshire a great place to live.

In Tamworth, a Celebration event organised by Support Staffordshire, to recognise the contributions of local volunteers and groups is taking place at Aldergate Club on 7 June from 11am to 3pm.  Volunteers at Tamworth, Glascote and Wilnecote Libraries will also be gathering for a celebration event at Tamworth Library on Friday 1 June from 1pm to 3pm.

In South Staffordshire, staff and volunteers from Support Staffordshire will be at the District Council building in Codsall on 6 June from 10:30 to 2pm.  People will be able to get advice on the many volunteering opportunities available in the area.

Representatives from Support Staffordshire will also be on hand at this year’s County Show in Stafford on 30 – 31 May to talk to people about the thousands of volunteering opportunities available across the county.

In Burton, people can call in to the Voluntary Services Centre, Union Street on Wednesday 6 June between 10am to 2pm and have an informal chat with someone from Support Staffordshire about volunteering.  A celebration event for volunteers at Burton Library will also be held in the library on Wednesday 6 June from 2pm to 4pm.

In Lichfield, people are invited along to the Market Square on 11 June from 10am to 3pm where they can talk to volunteers from 16 local organisations and find out how to get involved in volunteering.  Volunteers at Lichfield Library will also be holding their own special Volunteers Week celebrations on Thursday 7 June from 2pm to 4pm.

The Newcastle Volunteer Awards on 11 June from 5pm to 7pm will recognise local volunteers at a special presentation evening at St George’s Centre.

Staffordshire Moorlands will also be hosting their own special Volunteering Awards on 19 June at the Salvation Army from 5pm to 7pm. Here local volunteers will be recognised for their contributions to their local communities.

In Cannock, people are invited to the volunteer Stall set up on the band stand in the Town Centre on 4 June from 10am to 2pm.  Here they can get information and advice on current volunteering opportunities in the area.

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said:

We have thousands of volunteers making a huge difference in local community’s right across the county and this is the perfect week to thank and recognise their contributions.

Whether it’s volunteering in your library or supporting those people in local communities that are most in need – elderly, young people, and children and families it all makes an amazing difference.

We are working closely with our partners in the voluntary sector to support and promote volunteering to help us build stronger communities here in Staffordshire.  There’s lots of opportunities available so if you want to make a difference and have some spare time, it’s a really rewarding thing to do.”

Staffordshire County Council works closely with SCVYS (Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services) and Support Staffordshire to increase volunteering and get local communities acting on the issues that are important to them.

Garry Jones Chief Executive Officer at Support Staffordshire said:

Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity to say thank you to all volunteers for the amazing contribution they make in our communities as well as encouraging others to get involved.  Each year Support Staffordshire Volunteer Advisors support over 2,500 people to get involved in volunteering across Staffordshire.  We know from the feedback we receive that many also report increased confidence and improved health and wellbeing as a result of volunteering.”

Phil Pusey, Chief Executive at SCVYS said:

The contribution of volunteers is absolutely vital, and over the week we’ll take time to thank each one of them for their dedication and commitment, and to celebrate the impact their volunteering makes.

The number of active volunteer roles in our member groups has risen 16% over the last year to 9,272.  The time donated is valued at around £15 million, which enables 920 positive activity sessions for children, young people and families to happen most weeks of the year.  This in turn helps improve personal, social and health outcomes for around 27,658 children and young people who attend regularly.”

Anyone interested in getting started with volunteering can contact Support Staffordshire on 0300 777 1207.  Current volunteering opportunities can also be found at www.do-it.org