It’s Volunteers’ Week from 1-7 June. The theme this year is ‘A time to say thanks’.
Where do we start? We have so much to be thankful for because we have a team of generous, talented and compassionate volunteers.
We are thankful for all the work our volunteers contributed pre-COVID and throughout the pandemic. This includes but is not limited to:
Packing 1,000s and 1,000s of envelopes with copies of Carers News
Befriending phone calls and meet-ups with carers
Making welfare calls to carers of people with dementia
Phoning carers to complete an evaluation questionnaire of our services
Making calls to carers who were unable to attend a carers group
Assisting with carer support groups
Running the Creative Carers group
Running the Carers Book Group
Writing articles for our volunteer newsletter
Proofreading our volunteer newsletter
Piloting our Safeguarding training for volunteers
Keeping our information database up to date
Meeting and greeting visitors at Reception
Running our weekly Bat & Chat sessions
Helping us with a varied range of admin tasks
Keeping our CEO, Val on her toes! 😊
Sadly, the impact of COVID means that we have to say goodbye to our envelope packing team of volunteers this month. We will miss each of them, the buzz of activity, laughter and joy of envelope filling days. We know they will miss seeing us and each other. Their dedication has been essential to us, helping us to reach more than 12,000 carers. (However, our hardcopy newsletter will still be going out by a different way.)
Like our staff team, some volunteers have adapted to working from home. Volunteers have helped us to develop new ways of volunteering remotely and virtually. We are thankful for their willingness to be trailblazers!
As we move forward, we will create new volunteer roles to help us with our mission to support unpaid carers in Leeds. Watch this space.
In Volunteers’ Week, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their continued support throughout the past year.