Volunteers' Week - A chance to challenge perceptions in Lincolnshire
Whether you're a school leaver, job seeker, full time worker in need of adventure or retired, this year's NCVO Volunteers' Week aims to show you that by giving a little you can gain a lot.
One of the thrusts of this year's extended event, which runs from June 1 to June 12, is to challenge perceptions around volunteering, who can volunteer and what they can do.
It is also a fantastic opportunity to celebrate volunteers and take a moment to appreciate all they do.
Ruth Copleston, senior community development and volunteering officer for Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS), which runs Volunteer Centres working with volunteer involving organisations to help them find the people they need, said: "The answer really is that there's something for everyone.
"Volunteering is an opportunity to build skills, spend time doing something you love, gain new experience, find new friends, to be valuable and valued and do something worthwhile both for yourself and someone else.
"Volunteers do so much for so many and we'd like to be the first this Volunteers' Week to say a huge 'thank you' to all of our volunteers and to all the volunteers we work with."
In the past few months alone, LCVS has been recruiting to a huge array of roles. They have included calls for one-off help at events, those with pets willing to take them to visit people in hospices and homes, befrienders to spend time with children in care or older people as well as people willing to do some gardening, driving, fundraising, share their arts and crafts skills or even take on the duties of a police officer in their spare time.
LCVS regularly adds the latest opportunities in South Holland, South Kesteven, Boston and East Lindsey to its website and its volunteer officers are happy to meet would-be volunteers to help match them to the role that fits their own individual skills, ambitions and limitations.
Find out more at www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk
- In Boston, you could help at a historic house as an administration assistant, gardener or trustee or you could assist in the maintenance of a woodland.
- In Stamford, the Royal British Legion and Citizens Advice are recruiting and there's a call for those with pets to be available to take them into homes and hospices.
- In Grantham, the foodbank needs support, British Red Cross is looking for volunteers to provide emotional and practical support to people who have suffered a crisis to help them stay in their own home and witness and family support is sought for those attending hearings at the Coroners' Court.
- In Spalding, a school's parent teacher association is calling for help in staging the summer fete, the town's retailers association is looking for help in recruiting members and promoting the town and a youth social club needs a hand.
- In Holbeach, befrienders are sought to visit older people, a cancer charity is looking for a coordinator for its team of befrienders and the youth club is in need of a hand.
- For further details on the above opportunities go to: http://www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk/volunteering/who-could-you-help-in-lincolnshire-today/