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Volunteers’ Week 2024

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Volunteers’ Week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK.

The celebration starts on the first Monday in June every year. It’s a chance to recognise, celebrate and thank the UK’s incredible volunteers for all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector, and society as a whole.

Volunteering is important because as well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers' wellbeing too. It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.

Want to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Volunteers’ Week is a great time to find out more. There are all kinds of volunteering roles out there, all requiring different levels of commitment, experience, time availability and each contributing to many different causes.

It is also the ideal time to have a chat with us, let us know what you’re interested in, and find out more about local volunteering opportunities.

Charity of the month

We are charity of the month during May at the Swan Inn, Thornbury.

During the equivalent event in May last year, Sandra Davies, the wonderful landlady, had set up a series of events, including her regular Wednesday evening quiz nights, a coffee morning and a family fun day. At the end of the month we received £1170, a very important contribution to our funds.

Event Reports

Spring sale

Our Spring Table Top Sale took place on Saturday 27 April in Thornbury Methodist Church Hall. We were joined by local charities, groups and individuals selling crafts, jewellery, cards, vintage items, bric-a-brac and much more. We held a raffle with a top prize of a Dee’s Cake Shop voucher and tea and coffee were served throughout the morning with delicious home-made cakes. We raised more than £250 for Centre funds and our thanks go to everyone who came and supported this event.

Volunteer Carol Cark selling raffle tickets.
Carol Clark, one of our Volunteer co-ordinators, selling raffle tickets.

Christmas tabletop sale

On Saturday 11 November we held a highly successful sale at Thornbury Methodist Church Hall.

A busy moment at the Fair.

We were blessed with good weather which ensured a great turnout of customers for the local charitable groups and individuals who were present. They sold a great range of goods, including cards, toys, Christmas crafts, and vintage bric-a-brac while also raising awareness of their work in the local community.

We served tea and cake to the visitors and held a giant Christmas raffle with donations from Tesoro Lounge, Hawkes House, Tesco, Aldi, Foxhills Café & Gifts, the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Oldown Country Park and many more.

Altogether, it was a hugely enjoyable event. Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who made it a success. We raised more than £500 for our own funds.

Volunteer Fair 2023

On 14 September Thornbury Volunteer Centre hosted its annual Volunteer Fair in the St. Mary Centre for ten local charities and organisations. The aim was to promote the organisations, publicise their volunteer opportunities, attract new volunteers and, in some cases, raise funds.

Mayor visits Brain Tumour Support stall.
The mayor visiting the Brain Tumour Support stall.

Thornbury Radio played throughout the morning and Thornbury Town Mayor, Cllr. James Murray visited and spoke to all the Stallholders. It was a lovely morning with many visitors, resulting in over £150 being raised and at least 22 potential volunteers coming forward, with many more people taking away information.

Our thanks to the St. Mary Centre Management team and South Glos Council for their support.

Volunteers’ Week awareness

Passers-by looking at our display.

National Volunteers’ Week runs each year from 1-7 June. This year we held a display of opportunities in the St Mary Centre throughout the week, beginning the week with a sale of donated vintage items on 1 June.

This raised £58 for our funds and allowed us the opportunity to talk to passers by about volunteering. Over the course of the week new enquiries from 9 potential volunteers were received.

Celebration Lunch

On Wednesday 7 June, as part of our celebrations for Volunteers’ Week, we welcomed more than 60 volunteers and representatives from 24 volunteer-involving organisations to a Celebration Lunch in Turnberrie’s Community Centre, Thornbury.

Guests at the lunch.

This summer event allowed us to say thank you for the hard work and commitment this section of the community has given, and continues to give, to the Thornbury and district area. It was lovely to welcome guests and treat them to a delicious lunch whilst giving them the opportunity to meet other volunteers and organisations and share experiences.

They were joined by guest speakers Eryl Daniels and Terry Ray. Terry gave an interesting and informative talk on Thornbury's oldest charity, Thornbury Town Trust. This charity supports people in need in the Thornbury area by allocating hardship grants and donating Christmas presents to children in need.

Eryl Daniels.
Eryl Daniels

Eryl spoke movingly about the joys of hosting a Ukrainian family for the past year and how the local community have welcomed Ukrainians into their homes and supported them through clothes donations, weekly cafe, English lessons and much more.

The annual Alan Hudson Award for Volunteering Achievement was awarded to Thornbury Litterbusters for their outstanding contribution to Thornbury and the Clare Fardell Young Volunteer Award went to Mike Rogers for his outstanding voluntary contribution to Krunch South West.

This celebration event was made possible with grant funding from Thornbury Town Council.

Easter Sale 2023

Following our successful Christmas sale in Alveston we relocated to Thornbury Methodist Church Hall for Easter.

The Easter sale.

We were joined by a local charitable groups and individuals who were selling a wide range of goods to raise much needed funds for their organisation. It was also an opportunity for them to raise awareness of the valuable work they undertake in their local community. Although the weather was dismal we still welcomed a good crowd of visitors.

We served tea and cake and held an Easter raffle and it was a lovely relaxed event. We raised approximately £250 for our own funds and would like to thank everyone for their support.

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Thornbury Volunteer Centre is a registered charity, number 1180775. The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AR. Tel: 01454 413392. Hours: Mon-Fri 10:30-12.00. This site © Thornbury Volunteer Centre. Site design by Michael Quinion. Page last updated 20 May 2024.