COUNTY DURHAM CELEBRATES VOLUNTEERING AND DRAWS IN THE CROWDS

13th Jun 2019

During a special week of activity to mark Volunteers’ Week, Durham Community Action was delighted to host representatives from forty voluntary and community groups from across County Durham for a Volunteering Celebration at Spennymoor Town Hall on 4th June.

Hundreds of similar events took place across the country to mark Volunteers' Week which runs annually from 1-7th June. The annual campaign, which was established in 1984, recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

The Volunteering Celebration on Tuesday, together with a Volunteer Fair in Durham Market Place on Friday, were Durham Community Action’s way of highlighting all the volunteering contributions in our county.

Volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a difference in places as diverse as community centres, sports clubs, libraries, schools, hospitals and cathedrals.

For the celebration event, Spennymoor Town Hall was a lovely venue in which to recognise and showcase the appreciation we have for volunteers from a range of organisations across County Durham.

The new Chairman of Durham County Council, Councillor Katie Corrigan and Executive Director of Durham Community Action, Jo Laverick presented certificates to those community and voluntary organisations in attendance to say thank you for their valuable volunteering contribution to our community; guests were also invited to visit The Bob Abley Art Gallery situated in the Town Hall which hosts a permanent collection of Norman Cornish works of art and is run on a daily basis by hard working and committed volunteers.

Comments from those attending the event included:

“Thank you for such a lovely event, it was really lovely to be part of it.”

Just wanted to send our thanks for our invite to the event yesterday, we both really enjoyed it and it was great to meet all the groups involved in volunteering across the County.”

On Friday, Durham Market Place was a hub of activity, as the County Durham Volunteer Centre, hosted by Durham Community Action, welcomed a wide range of organisations to their annual Volunteer Fair.

Local organisations were able to promote their volunteering opportunities and to speak to members of the public who may be considering volunteering but would like to find out more about what is involved.

There were a huge range of organisations in attendance with a wide range of volunteering opportunities:

5th Durham City Scout Group, Action for Children, Age UK County Durham, Alzheimer’s Society, Citizens Advice County Durham, Community Peer Mentors, Contact the Elderly, Cornforth Partnership, County Durham Community Clothing Bank, Durham Action on Single Housing (DASH), Durham Cathedral, Durham County Council, Durham Wildlife Trust, Family Action, Greenpeace, Guide Dogs, Land of Oak and Iron, Leonard Cheshire, Locomotion, NSPCC, Parkinson’s UK, Pioneering Care Partnership, Samaritans, Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Stamp It Out, Supportive, The Auckland Project, The Wood Pile, Useful Vision, Wear Rivers Trust. , Wellbeing for Life and World Heritage Site Visitor Centre.

One of the attendees said of the event:

On behalf of Durham Greenpeace I would like to thank you and your colleagues for organising the Volunteer Fair in Durham Market Place on Friday. From our point of view, we felt it was a very positive experience and would like if possible to be involved next year. “

Jo Laverick, Executive Director of Durham Community Action said:

“We always look forward to Volunteering Week as a time when we can reflect on the enormous range of volunteering which is taking place in County Durham every day, all year round.

It’s lovely, and a great privilege, to be able to join with such a cross section of lively, interested, dedicated people, from all walks of life, all of whom are passionate about their volunteering.

They tell us what motivates them, and it’s because they want to put something back, provide a supportive hand for people in their communities who may be having a tough time, to get out and make new friendships, and, above all, because they care.

We never fail to come away from Volunteering Week without a sense of pride in the County and the people who give so much to our communities.”

Durham Community Action run a dedicated Centre for Volunteering supporting individuals who want to volunteer and organisations who want to involve volunteers. More information can be found at http://www.durhamcommunityaction.org.uk/supporting-volunteering.html

Notes

To find out more visit www.volunteersweek.org

Follow @NCVOvolunteers the official twitter account for the week or #volunteersweek.

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