Doncaster CVS to mark National Volunteers Week

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National Volunteers’ Week has its 30th anniversary this year, and Doncaster CVS is planning a host of activities to celebrate and promote volunteering.

Volunteers’ Week runs from today until June 7 and on Wednesday Doncaster CVS’s Volunteer Centre will hold a special ‘Thank You for Volunteering’ event at the Trades & Labour Club in Doncaster’s Frenchgate Centre.

Janet Gillott, social enterprise development team manager for Doncaster CVS said: “We’ve teamed up with several local organisations, including Doncaster Minster, Independent Visitors Scheme and South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living (SYCIL), and invited all of their volunteers to attend.

“Each organisation has planned a short presentation to say a special ‘thank you’ to their volunteers and will present a certificate to each of them to recognise their work.

“We’ve asked every volunteer to try and bring a friend as a way of encouraging them to take up volunteering so we hope we’ll have lots of new candidates on the books by the end of the day. Plus, there’ll be coffee and cakes for everyone who attends!”

Continues Janet: “We’re also looking to promote Employee Volunteering during the week. This is all about businesses enabling their staff to volunteer with a local voluntary or community organisation for just a day or on a long-term basis.

“From decorating a community centre and litter picking, to planting a local park or helping out at a gala, there are hundreds of opportunities for employees. And volunteering is beneficial to all involved since employees gain confidence and experience and the voluntary and community groups receive additional support and resource.”

David Lister, divorce and family solicitor with Irwin Mitchell, has been volunteering for three years. Not only is David a board member of Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (DRASACS), his employer also gives him several days per year to volunteer which he has so far used to paint a mural in DRASACS’s children and young people’s counselling room and help out in the offices.

Comments David: “It’s a privilege to be involved and help steer the organisation. Irwin Mitchell is hugely supportive of staff who want to give something back to the community. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to use and develop skills that I don’t necessarily get to in my day-to-day working life and as a young professional who aspires to become a partner one day, being actively involved in key decision making, business strategy and planning as part of the Board at DRASACS is an experience that will help me to better myself with the added bonus of knowing that I am helping the staff at DRASACS to change lives.”

If you’d like to attend the ‘Thank You for Volunteering’ event or if you’re a business or employee interested in getting into volunteering contact Janet Gillott or Nazia Sattar on 01302 343300 or email jgillott@doncastercvs.org.uk or nsattar@doncastercvs.org.uk