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Please see: Volunteers Week 1st – 7th June 2020 which covers:
- Introduction/Our Story
- Illustrative examples: Volunteer Week 1st – 7th June 2020
- Volunteer Week 1st – 7th June 2020
- Wellbeing: Social media contact details and links for volunteering
- Illustrative Examples: Coronavirus and Volunteering
- Coronavirus and Volunteering: How to help safely
- Useful links
- Our final thoughts and YouTube Video
1. Introduction/Our Story
We have decided to do this topic, as our main aim in starting our blog has always been trying to create an awareness of matters that we feel might not be very well known or highlighted.
Volunteering is an extremely rewarding experience and would be even more so during the times we are all facing worldwide, and this is why we wanted this to be a topic.
As we are writing, it has come to mind that our Dad also volunteered. As well as the work he did as co-founder of his Local Tenants Association and being a member of various committees, he also volunteered throughout his life. The adoption Society being one of these. Our Dad was also responsible for securing funds of a substantial amount for security in Southwark. We believe this was through the Peckham Settlement. This is one of the many community projects our Dad was involved in. He was invested in the wealth fare and wellbeing of the residents and the youth in his area, and them having productive things to do, and places for them to go and be safe.
When clearing our Dad’s house, these were some of the many documents we came across. These were/are bittersweet moments, we felt so immensely proud at the many great things our Dad achieved, but at the same time, it brought on sadness as the reality is, he is no longer here. But the feeling of pride is what we chose to try and hold onto so that we could continue with the mission at hand of clearing our Dad’s house.
I myself also enjoy volunteering and have been fortunate to volunteer last year. Two of our good friends’ held an event. Peckham’s first Free Wellbeing weekender.
W.E.L.L.being also have useful information on their page regarding:
- Volunteering and organisations offering useful services during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
We have listed these and their contact information for further detatils. They are item number 4. Wellbeing: Social media contact details and links for volunteering
Please see Volunteer Week 1st – 7th June 2020
2. Illustrative Examples: Volunteer Week 1st – 7th June 2020
3. Volunteer Week 1st – 7th June 2020
“VOLUNTEERS‘ WEEK 2020. Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering”.
“Although the coronavirus pandemic has stopped many of the things we would usually do, you … Volunteering is a fulfilling way to give back to the community, and helping others makes you feel great in return”.
“The week also raises awareness about the benefits becoming a volunteer and the diverse volunteering roles that are available”.
“NCVO has cancelled all of its planned activity for Volunteers‘ Week 2020 to focus its resources on the coronavirus response”.
“Volunteers’ Week is a chance to be part of the UK’s biggest annual celebration of volunteering, recognising the contribution of over 20 million people who volunteer in their communities across the UK”.
“Volunteers‘ Week 2020. Volunteers’ Week takes place 1 to 7 June. It’s a chance to say thank you to our army of 6,500 volunteers who give 100,000 hours of time a year to support people living with and affected by diabetes”.
“Coronavirus and Volunteers’ Week 2020. Posted on the 16th April 2020. Volunteers’ Week takes place 1 – 7 June every year. It’s a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK”.
“This Volunteers‘ Week (1-7 June) we’re celebrating all the fantastic people who lend their skills and help us care for special places”.
4. Wellbeing: Social media contact details and links for volunteering
W.E.L.L.being W.E.L.L. is an acronym for Wholistically Enriching Local Lives
All Socials: @WellbeingSE15
Volunteering Post Link: https://www.facebook.com/wellbeingSE15/posts/881713105635005
5. Illustrative Examples: Coronavirus and volunteering
6. Coronavirus and volunteering: How to help safely
“Volunteers‘ Week takes place 1 – 7 June every year. It’s a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers”.
“They can help you find out where your help is most urgently needed. You can sign up to NHS Volunteer Responders who are supporting the NHS during the covid-19 pandemic”.
6.3 Coronavirus – (COVID-19): Volunteering | London City Hall“Find information on volunteering safely in your community during the coronavirus outbreak”.
“Coronavirus (COVID-19) volunteering. There are different ways to volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic depending on whether you can go out”.
“West London NHS Trust is looking for a variety of volunteers to support us during these challenging times”.
“Coronavirus and volunteering: how can I help in the UK?”
“Teenagers sought to help charity shops as lockdown eases amid volunteer shortage. Charity shops have struck a deal with a leading youth programme to help fill up to 95,000 volunteer roles as the sector recovers from the coronavirus pandemic”.
7. Useful links
- Coronavirus: How to help safely – GOV.UK
- I want to volunteer – NCVO
- Neighbourly Volunteering | Coronavirus | Age UK
- COVID-19: Volunteering vacancies | Community Southwark
8. Our Final Thoughts
As the world is starting to change once again with the easing of the lockdown measures, if not much else, one of the things that has been good is services that offer invaluable help such as volunteering as well as organisations offering support for those who have been affected by the recent times are still available.
We have faced and are still in living through trying times. We have been unified in the support throughout which has been a great thing. We hope this topic could be of use to someone or provide useful information for someone who might be interested in volunteering.
In light of the recent incidents in America, we would also like to take this time to pay our respects to all of the families now and in the past that have sadly been affected by these unecessary tragedies. The deep injustices of those that have lost their lives, it seems impossible to find words to describe this.
These matters have affected us deeply, we will doing a topic on this next week to try and address this in a broader way.
Our thoughts and prayers also go out to those who have lost loved ones during this time to coronavirus or other matters.
We wish anyone who reads this a blessed day and week.
Our YouTube Video description on this topic: