Volunteering week 1-7 June: The benefits of volunteering

Volunteers Week is held between 1 -7 of June to celebrate the brilliant contribution of volunteers. It is celebrated each year to thank those who have given up their time to help without asking for anything in return and in doing so have had a positive impact to many. Whether these volunteers belong to a small group or larger, more widely known charities, or even individuals who have offered their help without making mention of what they have done, this week is dedicated to them.

During the last two years, more than ever the impact of volunteers has been highlighted. There have been countless remarkable, touching stories of volunteerism, during the particularly trying times of consecutive lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The thankless efforts of many to look out for the more vulnerable among us and ensure their wellbeing has changed the lives of both the volunteer and the recipient.

Rightly should volunteers week open up the celebrations of June, being the Month of Community.

Volunteering, in every form, strengthens communities, promotes cohesion, forms bonds between individuals. The reach of voluntary efforts can extend far beyond the individual’s immediate surroundings.

There are several praises to the work of volunteers and testimonies as to the benefits of their work. So what makes someone do something for free?

Volunteering is its own reward. It gives satisfaction and a feeling of empowerment, knowing that your efforts had such meaningful impact. Come to think of it, without exerting or spending money, your efforts have made a difference, sometimes further than you could reach. That sense is almost intoxicating, it drives an individual, makes them wonder what else you can achieve!

You may be surprised but a good deed comes back to you eventually.

And these are just the benefits for the volunteer. The rewards for the wider community are much greater.

When people get together to achieve solutions to their issues, the community becomes stronger.

Lives can improve. Lives can be saved. All these from actions without ulterior motives, just the desire to do good, straight from the heart.

For this reason, each year on volunteering week, we join and from the bottom of our hearts we say: Thank you to all Volunteers out there.


For there’s no joy greater than the joy you give.




Volunteers resume works at Shroggs Park

With the help of local volunteers, the Friends of Shroggs Park Group have started to pick up where they left off pre-covid with a number of small scaled clean up and maintenance activities in the park which have taken place fortnightly.

Friends of Shroggs Park and community volunteers have been working in small groups over the last month alongside employees from CMBC Parks Department to carry out works in order to keep the park in a pleasant state for those who use it.

The first clean up effort resulted in a dozen bin liners of general litter being removed from the parks grounds with the whole park, including the woodland walk being covered on that occasion.

The following work that took place was focused on cutting back and neatening up the edges of the walkways in the vicinity of the maze which saw a fair amount of turf loaded into the back of a CMBC Vehicle.

The group would like to extend a thank you to CMBC for the support and providing the vehicles to remove the waste at the end of the clean ups.

These activities are currently ongoing with the next one taking place on Monday 24th August 2020 – 10am to 12noon, meeting by the Maze in the park.

If you would like to get involved in these efforts or require further information, contact Peter Robinson on 07599 524471 or by email to peterrobinson936@yahoo.co.uk. You can also email Dan Marham, Ward Link Worker for the North Halifax Partnership at Daniel.Marham@Calderdale.gov.uk if you would like to get involved.

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An offer from Insight Healthcare this Christmas!

Are you holding an event for Older Adults this Festive Season or  know someone who is?

Insight Healthcare might be able to help you with your event, perhaps in terms of providing a few staff members to volunteer or in other creative ways.

If you would like the help of Insight Healthcare at your event email linsay.denton@InsightHealthcare.org

FREE First Aid Training for Volunteers

Voluntary Action CalderdaleAttend a FREE First Aid Training Course for volunteers and receive a certificate of attendance.

On Saturday 3 October – From 9.30am to 4pm
At Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY.

To book a place call 01422 438727 or email choice@cvac.org.uk

Help preserve the wonderful Calderdale countryside

countryside serviceThe Council’s Countryside Service is looking for volunteers to assist in their work.

Help with the management of numerous sites or the maintenance of Calderdale’s extensive network of Rights of Way.

For more details please contact philip.singh@calderdale.gov.uk

Healthwatch Task & Finish Group Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help Healthwatch Calderdale gather more information about what people said about local Health and Social Care.

To find out more, please email annmarie.maguire@healthwatchcalderdale.co.uk or visit the Volunteer page of the website at www.healthwacthcalderdale.co.ukhealthwatch