Celebrating Volunteers all year round
Volunteers’ Week may be over but for many volunteers and the causes they support, volunteering is essential all year round. We caught up with a few local organisations to find out why volunteering is so important, especially for small charities…
“Here at Stonebridge, volunteers are the heartbeat of the farm. We couldn’t run it without them. We have a wonderful team of volunteers who give us their time and energy, week after week. Their kindness, dedication and loyalty is an inspiration to us all. We thank them for all they do and look forward to the time they can safely return.”
Peter Armitage, General Manager, Stonebridge City Farm
“Volunteers help relieve a great pressure from charities, with the goodness in the hearts and a drive to contribute to humanity. They are invaluable to SFiCE Foundation and the charity sector at large. Each task a volunteer accepts, supports our charity to deliver essential work in the community, providing a service for society’s most vulnerable.”
Parisa Eliyon, Projects Coordination, SFiCE Foundation
“Volunteers are the soul of NNRF, fighting alongside staff and service users for a more just asylum system and a more welcoming society for refugees and asylum seekers in Nottingham and beyond. Especially since the lockdown started, when many of our clients are feeling scared, lonely and hopeless, the volunteers’ kindness and commitment to positive change has been uplifting, motivating and inspiring! NNRF would like to send big thanks to each and every one of you!
During this time, around 60 volunteers have helped us fundraise, collect food, deliver food parcels and other essential items, and reach out to vulnerable clients via telephone befriending. Due to the current situation, our usual volunteer recruitment has been suspended until restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, we’re welcoming fundraising initiatives and donations of essential items for our anti-destitution project.”
Barbara Spreiz, Volunteer Coordinator, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum
Find out more about volunteering in Nottingham
Need a DBS check?
Our DBS service for volunteers and staff is still available via email. Just drop us a line and we’ll guide you through the whole process, check your application and send it off to the DBS on your behalf. Find out more.
Spring Live launches on Tuesday 6 April – free live event holiday activities for children and young people aged 7-16 living in St Ann’s and Sneinton.
It’s been a year since we published St Ann’s Stories – if you missed it first time around, it’s still available to read absolutely free online!