Every year, the first seven days of June are dedicated as Volunteers’ Week and ACRE is really looking forward to being involved this year. This NCVO led initiative provides the opportunity to say thank-you to those members of society who give up their own time, to provide services and make communities better places to live.
Throughout the history of the ACRE Network, which dates back to the 1920s, members have supported volunteers in rural communities across England. Whether to manage a village hall or community building, raising local funding, leading on community consultations or running local services, the ACRE Network is incredibly proud of being able to help volunteers thrive in their role.
During Volunteers’ Week ACRE Network members will be saying thank-you to volunteers in their local area, with the list of activities below showing some of the activity taking place:
- Every day throughout the week Community Action Norfolk will be sharing articles, factsheets and case studies. They will cover ‘Managing Volunteers’, ‘Keeping Volunteers’, ‘Why People Volunteer’, ‘Recruiting Volunteers’ and much more - so make sure you link up!
- Community Impact Buckinghamshire are running a ‘Thank-you’ afternoon tea in High Wycombe on Thursday 1st June offering an opportunity to come along, put your feet up and share the praise with others who give up their time for the benefit Buckinghamshire communities and residents.
- Residents in Suffolk already have access to the recently launched website - www.volunteersuffolk.org.uk - which contains case studies and advice for anyone considering volunteering. To compliment this Community Action Suffolk will be promoting the benefits of volunteering online throughout Volunteers’ Week.
- Humber and the Wolds Rural Community Council will be championing the role of volunteer drivers in the county, who help rural residents and vulnerable adults to access the services they require to live independently.
- Community First Herefordshire and Worcestershire are running a number of volunteer recruitment projects all week, to encourage more people to get involved in managing village halls. If you’ve got expertise or experience to share please get in touch.
- In Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Rural Community Council are running an event for volunteer trustees on Monday 5th June. With workshops, talks and case studies, this will be a great opportunity to network with others from across the county.
- Keep an eye on Community Council for Berkshire’s Facebook and Twitter pages as there will be stories and celebrations of volunteers who contribute so much in Berkshire.
- Community Lincs will be using their social media accounts to celebrate the volunteers they work with and who support community activity in the county. There will also be an opportunity to learn about how Community Lincs staff volunteer their own spare time, when not at work!
- It’s about learning from others’ in Cornwall, as Cornwall Rural Community Charity will be sharing vignettes and case studies about volunteering via their website and social media accounts.
- Community First Wiltshire will offer the opportunity for you to learn about their Link and Minibus volunteers, as well as the ‘Young Listeners’ project, run with Healthwatch Wiltshire. Keep in touch via their newsletter, website and social media to make sure you don’t miss out.
- The Community Council for Somerset will be promoting the ‘You Can Do’ campaign, offering the chance to find out how you can get involved.
ACRE Network support for and celebration of volunteers will of course continue beyond Volunteers Week, with local members involved with the following events during June:
- Action in Rural Sussex will be adding a ‘volunteering’ flavour at the South of England Show as they have nominated a volunteer for an award. Also check out their website and social media for other case studies and stories and of interest.
- If you are in Durham, then you be able to join Durham Community Action at their Volunteering Celebration event at Beamish Museum on Wednesday 14th June.
For further information please contact Chris Cowcher, ACRE Community Manager.