June is the time to CELEBRATE National Volunteering Week!

The start of June, brings National Volunteering week and a time for Bedfordshire to celebrate all those who are giving their time, voluntarily, to benefit the community around them.

Published on: 3/6/19, 2:42 pm


In Britain, around 7 in 10 people have volunteered through a group, club or organisation at some point in their lives.
We thought it would be good for staff at CVS to celebrate our own diverse volunteering journeys. A quick poll reveals
that, unsurprisingly, 100 per cent of us have volunteered at some time in our lives, and seven out of our nine staff members are actively volunteering at present – almost twice the numbers shown in the national picture.

Our activities include sports coaching and marshalling, canine clubs and Crufts, local
council and neighbourhood watch, fundraising, overseas projects, mental health support,
trustee roles, and we even have a Race Maker at Silverstone amongst us. It really demonstrates
that there is something for everyone to enjoy in volunteering.

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CVS staff are testament to the knowledge that volunteering really does help people find the
jobs that they like. Seven of us say that we owe our current jobs to the volunteering we were
doing prior to applying. For two of us, not only was it the way to the job, but it was also the way
out of severe health problems. Abi, volunteers with us. Her first contact with us was a very tearful chat with our Advisor, she was even too afraid to come in the building. Six months on, her anxiety has greatly reduced and
she is looking forward to starting a University course in October.

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If you are interested in taking up one of the many and diverse volunteering opportunities that Bedfordshire’s Voluntary
sector has to offer, then do get in touch. Our wealth of experience can talk you through the options.

Call 01234 354366 or drop in at 43 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2AA

Or, you can look online – read more at www.cvsbeds.org.uk/volunteer.


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