Volunteers’ Week; probably one of my favourite celebrations within the third sector. I love seeing charities, large and small, all over the UK; thank and celebrate their volunteers and the amazing work that they do. With an estimated 21 million volunteers in the UK once a year, volunteers are contributing a lot!
I thought I would use the week to share again my experiences of volunteering.
West Hampstead Women’s Centre
I have been a Trustee for the West Hampstead Women’s Centre for over 3 years now. It’s a great space, striving hard to improve and continue to help women in Camden, Brent and Westminster. Supporting them in their health and wellbeing with the wonderful motto: ‘All women under one roof’ and it’s that inclusive atmosphere that I love the most.
I just had my year anniversary as a volunteer at Missing People, and what a delightful year it’s been. Missing People are an incredible charity who innovate and work to keep up with change and help missing people and their families. It’s always an incredibly supportive atmosphere when I go in for my evening shift and all the staff and other volunteers are so kind and giving.
I still say giving blood is a volunteer role. Without people voluntarily giving their blood the service wouldn’t exist. I do wonder if in the official figures for Volunteers’ Week if they count the thousands who give blood every day in the UK. Each year the NHS Blood and Transplant service need approximately 200,000 new donors! So I ask, have you signed up to give blood yet?
No matter who you are, take part in Volunteers’ Week and celebrate the thousands of people across the UK who help keep communities going by donating their precious time to the people who need it most.