Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead took to the road on 7 June with our annual “Big Thank You” Roadshow, as part of the national celebrations for Volunteers Week.
Mayor Cllr Dorothy Ross-Tomlin joined with VARB to present individual thank you cards and cakes to over 80 volunteers from Live at Home Banstead; The Children’s Trust; Merstham Mix and MCFT and Active Prospects. The Mayor praised the generosity of volunteers and said that their contribution was vital to the functioning of many local organisations.
Many of the volunteers shared their varied reasons for volunteering:
“To give something back to the Community”; “To fill a gap after my husband died” – volunteers from Banstead Live at Home project
“To help the children and to use my legal expertise for a positive cause” – Cath at the Children’s Trust
“Because it’s terribly rewarding and we are recognised for our contribution” – Phil at the Children’s Trust
“Because I want to share my skills and connect with my local community” – Teresa at MCFT
“To help people learn to use the internet” – Keith at MCFT
“Because I love meeting new people and providing help” – Amy at Merstham Mix
“I like meeting new people and using the card machine in the charity shop” – Pat at Active Prospects
“I am now retired and wanted to give something back” – Janet at Active Prospects
The Big Thank you Roadshow was just one of many events taking place across the UK as part of national Volunteers Week. 37% of people over the age of 16 volunteer formally at least once a year with 22% volunteering at least once a month.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities see our list of local opportunities here or call us on 01737 762115. Or if you would like VARB and the Mayor to visit your organisation on the 2019 Roadshow then please let us know.