It’s Volunteer Week
That’s right everyone, its officially Volunteer Week!! We have reached that time of year where we take a moment to appreciate and celebrate all the amazing contributions from our unsung heroes and the back bone of many projects; the volunteers. Volunteer week this year is running from the 1st -12th of June and during these 12 days we are not only expressing our gratitude for all our volunteers and what they mean to us, but also send out a massive drive to encourage those in the community to volunteer and join in the fun.
Being a volunteer is so much more than just helping out. It’s a chance to step out of your comfort zone and be a part of something much bigger. The luxury of volunteering doesn’t only look good on your CV, it can provide you with a greater connection to your community, a chance to be involved in helping someone in need and you might just be the person who makes a difference just by being there. By becoming a volunteer you will open up your world to new environments, new people and new experiences, which wouldn’t be possible if you didn’t volunteer.
And don’t just take it from us; this is Del and his story of how and why he got involved in volunteering.
“I’ve been volunteering for two organisations for 3 years now. Basically I’m a volunteer driver for Basingstoke Young Carers and Neighbour Care. I pick up the kids/adults and drop them wherever they need to go and then drop them home again. I am also really lucky to be a mini bus driver as well, so charities can save some money on hiring mini bus drivers. I began volunteering because I retired and I wanted something to do, I knew that I would go mad just stopping work and not doing anything else. So I thought to myself I’ve got to find something to do and after talking to friend who mentioned that they are always looking for volunteer drivers and I like to drive so I thought why not! Volunteering has given me a chance to meet new people, I do a lot of things now that I never dreamed of doing and I just enjoy doing it. And if anyone is thinking about volunteering my advice would be to Just Do It!!”
And there you have it. Volunteering is extremely rewarding and as an organisation that couldn’t function without volunteers, we would like to take this moment to say thank you to you all, you are all more valuable than you know. So would you like to get involved? Lets discuss the volunteer opportunities we have available with the BVA Youth Team and Basingstoke Young Carers.
BVA Youth Team – MMJ
If you are new to the site then you may not know that we have a Monday Music Jam currently running in Basingstoke. As extremely talented we are at playing the triangle, we need a little help from any musicians who would love to come along to our workshops and voluntary provide any skills, vocal coaching sessions and/or teach our young people how to play any instrument. All you need to do is give us a call on 01256 423813 and get involved.
BVA Youth Team – Bramley Youth Club
If you live in or around the beautiful village of Bramley (Hampshire) then we need volunteers on a Thursday evening between 6-8pm for our extremely lively and upbeat Youth Club. For more information about this opportunity and an application please contact us on 01256 423824.
Basingstoke Young Carers – Voluneers
Our Basingstoke Young Carers respite clubs have grown so much in numbers that we’ve had to move location to accommodate all their little faces and with referrals coming in thick and fast we are only going to get bigger. We have a variety of opportunities for you to get involved in. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer driver or a youth worker assistant then click here now.
And it doesn’t just stop with us. There are hundreds upon hundreds of volunteering opportunities out there so if you are feeling inspired and would love to know how to Rock Volunteer week then click here to find out how you can make a difference and give a help in hand.
You could be that person who makes a real difference for someone, for an organisation and for the community. Don’t just think about volunteering, and listen to Del; Just Do It 🙂