Community First is taking part in Volunteers’ Week, which will take place nationwide from 1-7 June. For Volunteers’ Week, we want to not only celebrate the contributions of 23 million volunteers nationwide, but to help even more people get involved with their local communities – to help themselves while helping others. We will be providing opportunities to try out volunteering and to find out more about volunteering in your community.
Give volunteering a go…
Create a community garden from scratch at the Wickham Centre
Friday 8th June, 9:30-13:30
The Wickham Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, PO17 5AL
We will be closing the week with an opportunity to get involved to help create a community garden from scratch at The Wickham Centre.
The event is supporting a local initiative called The Project, which saves out of date supermarket food from going to landfill. The community garden you’ll help to create will benefit the less fortunate in the surrounding communities, through growing a range of fruit & vegetables. The task will involve a range of gardening activities such as preparing beds and planting, but could also include helping with maintenance and day-to-day tasks.
The community garden will allow local residents to grow vegetables which will be available to everyone in the local area. A selection of the food rescued from going to landfill will also be available on the day. With many volunteers already signed up and local MPs in attendance, it’s going to be a vibrant day of volunteering for a great cause and meeting others from local communities. More help is needed, however, and there will be a role for everyone.
To book your place and find out more, please contact Julie Eden on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out about opportunities in your area…
Positive Pathways at Tesco in Havant
Monday 4th June, 10am-1pm
Tesco Extra, Solent Road, Havant, PO9 1TR
Volunteers from Community First’s supported volunteer team, Positive Pathways, will be at Tesco in Havant on Monday 4th June from 10am to 1pm, to celebrate the start of Volunteers’ Week. Positive Pathways is a supported Volunteering project which helps those that need initial support to volunteer and works with them to improve social, communication and practical skills to help them become more involved in their local community, reducing isolation and improving well-being.
Volunteers, many of them recovering from a long period of ill health, will be on hand to chat to members of the public about their experience of volunteering and how it has helped them as well as promoting volunteering and answering questions. Local volunteer opportunities will also be displayed and details can be passed on to the organisation for those expressing an interest.
Volunteer Services Team at Petersfield Market
Wednesday 6th June, 09:00-14:00
Petersfield Square, Petersfield
Pop along to speak to members of our Volunteer Services team between 9am and 2pm. It will be a chance to find out how you can get involved with volunteering in the local area. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to encourage people to try volunteering for the first time, and help people find out how through volunteering they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about. Come along or if you see them while out and about, do say hello.
However, this won’t be the only opportunity for Petersfield residents to learn more about volunteering. Community First’s advisors are also available every Wednesday from 11am-3pm in Petersfield Library, with information on all the opportunities available. For more information contact Community First’s volunteer service, please email email@example.com.