Volunteers’ Week is an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to volunteers for their fantastic contribution. This year, Volunteers’ Week was about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.
Community360 (C360) celebrated the contribution volunteers make by hosting a week of events, which began with a Tree-mendous Walk of Castle Park on Friday 1st June. This event was hosted by a C360 volunteer who led an informative walk around Colchester Castle Park, discussing the foliage found within the park.
On Saturday 2nd June, C360 attended VOLFEST ’18 held on the Amphitheatre at the Promenade Park, to provide information on volunteering and Timebank schemes. During the Volunteers’ Award ceremony C360 Community Transport volunteer drivers received a special award in recognition of their contribution to volunteering. The awards were presented by Councillor Henry Bass, Chairman of Maldon District Council.
Throughout the week C360 worked alongside umbrella charities in Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (CHUFT) to discuss volunteering opportunities with visitors. The opportunities within the hospital include; Macmillan, Colchester League of Friends, Chaplaincy, Guides on the Children’s Ward, Trolley Service on the Wards, Shop assistance, Administrators, Eye Clinic, Essex County Hospital, Radiotherapy, Pet as Therapy Dogs, Blanketeers, End of Life, Breast Feeding, and Home from Hospital.
The One Colchester shop was open to the public all week 10am – 3pm, with both staff and current volunteers available to share their experiences volunteering and provide advice on how to begin volunteering as well as current opportunities available.
A Volunteers Week display was set up at Colchester Borough Homes, Rowan House on Wednesday 6th June 2018 to showcase volunteering opportunities aimed at staff volunteer recruitment.
To finish the week off C360 hosted a Volunteers’ Tea Party on Thursday 7th June at One Colchester shop, Unit 81 Culver Street East, Colchester, CO1 1LF. There was lots of tea/coffee and cake, as well as a raffle. The tea party offered a great opportunity to meet fellow volunteers and find out more about volunteering and current opportunities.
The tea party was followed by an evening at Braintree District Volunteer Awards, hosted by Braintree District Council, in partnership with C360. The awards recognise and reward the extraordinary individuals and groups who have made a positive difference to the lives of others in the district, whether it’s fundraising, running a sports club, looking after the environment, organising an event, or helping around the community.
Find out more about Volunteers’ Week https://volunteersweek.org/