Volunteers Week is taking place from June 1 to 7, and Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) is encouraging more people to get involved, as well as thanking all those who are already part of projects.
Moreover, this year is the 30th anniversary of Volunteers Week, and to mark the occasion LCVS have come up with an innovative idea to highlight how anyone can get involved with volunteering.
Aware that time constraints can often put potential volunteers off, LCVS have come up with the 30 seconds, 30 minutes or 30 hours initiative.
Senior community development officer at LCVS, Ruth Copleston explained: “In 30 seconds you could retweet or share on Facebook a link to a local group, or pass contact details on to someone. In 30 minutes you could do some proof-reading, undertake a survey or update a Facebook page or website. And by regularly helping a group with activities or admin you could clock up 30 hours over the course of a year.”
Ruth also highlighted the support LCVS gives to volunteers, after recent research revealed a lack of confidence can be a barrier to signing up: “People may be nervous and not think they have the skills, but we are here to help.”
Furthermore the range of opportunities and effect on employability were outlined by volunteering officer David Slaughter who said: “Lots of people come in with preconceived ideas and we surprise them with how much there is. For example, I had 179 different opportunities last week. Come in and see what there is.”
Pop into LCVS at Autumn Park Business Centre in Dysart Road, or call the centre on 01476 561798.