Volunteers Week 2016: Time to celebrate Warwickshire’s helping hands

Volunteers Week group shot smIt’s national Volunteers Week from 1st – 12th June and Warwickshire County Council is using the opportunity to celebrate and thank the many volunteers that play such an important role in our communities to deliver a whole range Council services.

Throughout the week, the County Council will be publishing a range of case studies on its news.warwickshire.gov.uk website to highlight just some of the many and varied volunteering roles that exist within its teams.

Managers of those teams will also be taking the opportunity to praise their volunteer workforce.

Volunteer case studies will include:

  • Alexander Hutcheson, a volunteer at Ryton Pools Country Park who is working towards his Duke of Edinburgh silver award, and Country Park volunteer managers Steve Kell and Craig Earl
  • Michael Ferguson, a volunteer for SEND Social Care who has a one-to-one support role with a young boy in the local area, and volunteer co-ordinator Sandra Copson
  • Abigael Flack, a Museum Collections Volunteer who loves the opportunity to make a contribution while learning as she goes, and Warwickshire Museum Service volunteer managers Becki Morris and Sara Wear
  • Brian Peers, leader of Fenny Compton Footpath Group who has been volunteering for 20 years, and Transport & Highways volunteer manager Keith Davenport
  • David Roots, a volunteer for Warwickshire Libraries, who ensures that residents with restricted mobility or who live in rural areas still have access to the books they enjoy, and Warwickshire Libraries volunteer manager Debbie Bennett
  • Anne Langley, a volunteer at County Record Office for 13 years who found the role perfect when she sought to find a worthwhile and interesting way to spend time in retirement, and volunteer manager Rachael Marsay
  • Lin Pilkington, a volunteer for Arty Tots who says the lovely atmosphere at the group makes volunteering a joy, and Arty Tots organiser Vicki Cureton

Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy.

Councillor Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio for the Environment, said: “Our volunteers make a big contribution to the delivery of our services in the community, and Volunteers Week provides us with an ideal opportunity to recognise and thank them for this.

“Our volunteers are an outstanding illustration of how we can all make an immense difference to individuals and communities each day, from improving the surroundings we live in, to spending time with those who may need additional support and contributing to a variety of other vital services.”

Councillor Philip Johnson, Chair of Warwickshire County Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee, said: “As well as recognising the contribution of our own Warwickshire County Council volunteers, Volunteers Week is also an opportunity to inspire others to get involved through organisations like WCAVA (Warwickshire Community & Voluntary Action) who have a range of volunteering options available.”

Keep checking the news.warwickshire.gov.uk website between 1st – 12th June to read the stories of just some of Warwickshire County Council’s volunteers and the roles they do, and to find out more about the contribution they make in Warwickshire.