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
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