Volunteers’ Week takes place 1st – 7th June every year. It’s a chance to celebrate and to say thank you for the contribution made by millions of volunteers in the UK and across the world.
Most of the events that are usually held to mark Volunteers’ Week have been put on hold because of the pandemic, but the work of volunteers goes on! Indeed, the challenges posed by Covid-19 mean that volunteering has a bigger part than ever to play in the welfare of whole communities, and in particular in the lives of isolated and vulnerable people.
Locally, Volunteer Uttlesford (VU) has mounted a vigorous response to the pandemic. Our volunteers have been assigned tasks helping vulnerable, shielding and self-isolating people with shopping, prescription delivery and telephone befriending. To date we have:
- established contact with 909 people seeking help with the current challenges
- recruited 336 volunteers
- helped 438 households asking for assistance for their essential shopping needs
- delivered 964 prescriptions from pharmacies to the people who need them.
We shall continue our work across the district, as the whole country moves steadily towards whatever the ‘new normal’ turns out to be! We can be sure however that, whatever life is like in the future, the role of volunteers will be crucial. In the meantime, we at VU want to thank all our volunteers for the great work they continue to do. Give yourselves a round of applause!
Volunteer Uttlesford’s current focus is the Coronavirus crisis. We are working in partnership with Uttlesford District Council and other organisations to coordinate volunteer support and help requests across the district.
We also hold details on over 200 other volunteer positions with organisations that would like to see them filled, once the crisis has started to resolve and they are able to resume their services. Currently we are not actively recruiting for these positions but if you are interested in any of them do please enquire and we will pass on your details to the organisations concerned.
Find out about volunteering in your local community
Do you want to be a volunteer or are you looking for volunteers to work on a community project? Volunteer Uttlesford (VU) is here to help
Whether you are 14 or 90 years old, an individual or a charitable organisation, we have volunteering opportunities for everyone in Uttlesford District.
We work hard to bring volunteers and the people that need them together for advice, guidance and support. We think of it as ‘community glue’.
Become a volunteer: Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of others. You might want to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Volunteering will both challenge and reward you.
Find a volunteer: Volunteer Uttlesford is a local organisation that provides support to volunteers and the organisations that provide opportunities. If you are looking for an opportunity in your local area, this is an ideal place to start.
Projects: Volunteer Uttlesford is actively pursuing several projects in which volunteers are helping serve their local communities. These include our ‘Time Bank’, voluntary opportunities for young people, employee volunteering and promoting voluntary work to children to create the next generation of volunteers. We also have short-term volunteering opportunities for professional specialists and a special scheme to help people with their gardens!
We are grateful for the support of the following organisations: