June 3rd, 2012 by The Association of Guernsey Charities
Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign that celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make right across the British Isles, and also inspires others to get involved.
Among this year’s local initiatives, is “Bring a Buddy” which encourages anyone who currently volunteers to take along a friend during Volunteers’ Week. This simple scheme is designed to quickly introduce many new people to the work that is undertaken by local volunteers.
Malcolm Woodhams, Treasurer of The Association of Guernsey Charities, said “Guernsey is incredibly fortunate to have so many people who voluntarily give their time to so many activities and projects. There are many facilities, services, and events, which just would not happen if it wasn’t for the voluntary sector, so it is tremendously important to acknowledge this, and celebrate the work of the islands volunteers. Hopefully, at the same time, we can encourage more people to come forward to help out.”
The Association of Guernsey Charities has been planning the various activities for the past three months, and is very impressed with the response so far. Many charities have expressed a keen interest in taking part in this year’s campaign.
Malcolm Woodhams explained “it seems that people often want to do something extra in their spare time, but don’t know what to do, or how to get involved. We hope that over the course of this week, we’ll show that there is a wide range of things to get involved with, and demonstrate that people who volunteer get a great deal of satisfaction from what they do”.
More information about Volunteers’ Week, and the Buddy Scheme, can be found on the Association of Guernsey Charities website.
Charities and volunteers are encouraged to leave a comment or share ideas on the Association’s Facebook page.