By Niamh Tracey | 1 June, 2023
Celebrating Our Volunteers
It’s Volunteers’ Week! The theme for this year is: 'Celebrate and Inspire'.
It’s Volunteers’ Week! Now in its 39th year, it’s an annual event when charities, voluntary groups, social organisations and volunteers come together to recognise the incredible impact that volunteering has on communities around the UK. The theme for this year is: ‘Celebrate and Inspire’.
Saul Fairholm is focusing on local charities this year, supporting those most affected by the ongoing cost of living crisis. Throughout the year, our staff will be donating a huge range of useful goods, from food to everyday hygiene items; these contributions will be collated at our office and then delivered to one of the many collection depots across the region.
Our brilliant employees don’t just stick to their day jobs – many of them are active volunteers in several different areas in their spare time.
Volunteers’ Week provides the perfect opportunity to share some of the amazing volunteering opportunities that our team has taken part in. Our hope is that these examples will help to celebrate their contribution and inspire others to support their communities.
Administrator Sara shares her volunteering experience:
“I have recently completed 100 parkruns! Had Covid not happened I would have achieved this sooner. I have a T-shirt to show my achievement.
“If you don’t want to run or walk you can volunteer to be a marshall along the course, and if not a marshall, other roles are always needing to be filled. I have volunteered six times.
“Parkrun is a weekly international, volunteer-led event on Saturday mornings. Parkrun is not just for runners, it can be walked and prams and dogs are welcome, although dogs must be kept on a lead.”
“At this year’s St George’s Day parade, I received my 15 years of service badge and certificate for volunteering with the Scout movement. I first started when my son was part of the Barrowby Scout Group, and I continued after he left. I originally started as an assistant leader in the Scout section. After a while, the leader left due to work commitments, so I became the leader.
“I have had a chance to try different activities such as gliding, caving and dragon boating. I have organised numerous camps for the Scouts along with different trips, a memorable one being a coach trip for the Scouts to see Nottingham Forest Football Club at the City Ground. We go hiking, the latest being the ‘Jamboree on the Trail’ around Ropsley village.”
Accounts Senior Janis talks about her volunteering experience at Lincoln Cathedral:
“I volunteer at the cathedral in various ways, but my key role is stewarding. I belong to a team of stewards who assist at the regular services of Evensong, the Sunday morning Eucharist as well as other events being held at the cathedral. My other volunteer roles include reading the Bible at services, helping to serve refreshments and being a member of the Cathedral Music Council.
“I began to volunteer about 10 years ago as a steward, having regularly attended cathedral services. I like meeting the public and hopefully helping them enjoy their time visiting the cathedral. I like being part of a wider team and participating in the many volunteer roles.”
Chris, Associate Director, and Hannah, Semi Senior Accountant, share their volunteering experience at a foodbank:
Chris Whyles and Hannah Ley have also volunteered for the Lincoln Foodbank, encouraging Tesco shoppers to add one extra item to their trolleys during their Saturday shopping trip. There are further volunteering days already in the diary at ASDA on Newark Road, Lincoln.
Chris had this to say following his recent stint as a foodbank volunteer: “The overwhelming impression I came away with was one of hope. While it is a desperate state for a developed nation to be in, I met so many kind and empathetic people and was staggered by the quantity of goods that were donated while I was there. The Lincoln Foodbank coordinator, Cat, had to make multiple trips back to its depot with a full van on the day. I met some really interesting people and faced many attitudes on the subject of food poverty, not all of them friendly, but they have collectively opened my eyes further to the issues we face as a society. I am volunteering again in early June and will be looking for further opportunities to do so throughout the year.”
If you want to volunteer in the Lincoln community, there are many ways to get started. Head to Voluntary Centre Services where you can book a volunteering appointment, or you can find a local foodbank to donate to the less fortunate or produce your own idea. There are many causes to feel passionate about in life, and there is no better way to make a difference than to just get stuck in. Happy volunteering!