Vol­un­teers mak­ing a ‘mas­sive im­pact’ on peo­ple in Bucks

Thou­sands of Buck­ing­hamshire vol­un­teers were cel­e­brated last week dur­ing Na­tional Vol­un­teers’ Week. CAMILLA GOOD­MAN, LAURA MOWAT, JACK ABELL and TOM HER­BERT speak to some of the county’s ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, as well as char­i­ties in need of an ex­tra helpi

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BUCKS is lucky enough to have thou­sands of vol­un­teers will­ing to ded­i­cate their time to help those in need.

Last week was Na­tional Vol­un­teers’ Week, which ran from Mon­day, June 1 to Sun­day, June 7, when the county’s vol­un­teers who ded­i­cate their time, skills, en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm to the 2,500 reg­is­tered char­i­ties in Bucks, and more un­reg­is­tered groups car­ry­ing out char­ity work, were cel­e­brated.

Com­mu­nity Im­pact Bucks, a char­ity that gives sup­port, ad­vice and train­ing to other char­i­ties, com­mu­nity groups and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties through­out Bucks, held a spe­cial event dur­ing the week to say thank you to the county’s many vol­un­teers.

Dur­ing the week, the char­ity also got vol­un­teers to share their own sto­ries and mo­ti­va­tions on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tag #ivol­un­teer.

Group chief ex­ec­u­tive at Com­mu­nity Im­pact Bucks Nick Phillips said: “Vol­un­teer­ing has a mas­sive pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of peo­ple in Bucks.

“Vol­un­teers’ Week is an ex­tremely im­por­tant oc­ca­sion to mark the ef­forts of the 23 mil­lion peo­ple who vol­un­teer across the UK in their com­mu­ni­ties. Many of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als are ‘un­sung he­roes’, ei­ther vol­un­teer­ing on the front line, such as po­lice or first aid re­sponse teams, or be­hind the scenes to sup­port the im­por­tant work car­ried out in the com­mu­nity in so many ways.

“Whether you vol­un­teer as a one-off, for a few hours, or on a regular ba­sis, us­ing your prac­ti­cal or busi­ness skills, it all makes a dif­fer­ence.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on vol­un­teer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in Bucks visit www. com­mu­ni­ty­im­pact­bucks.org.uk, fol­low @Com­mu­ni­tyBucks on Twit­ter or Like the char­ity’s Face­book page at www.face­book.com/Com­mu­ni­ty­Im­pact­Bucks.

‘IM­POR­TANT OC­CA­SION’: Com­mu­nity Im­pact Bucks chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Phillips

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