Reasons why people volunteer
- Contributing to a worthwhile cause
- Connecting with my community
- Experiencing new lifestyles and cultures
- Meeting new friends
- Having more time to give after retirement
- Boost your CV and career prospects
- Gain work experience and learn new skills
- Improves confidence and well-being
Making a Difference Awards
The Borough Council’s Annual Making a Difference Awards, recognise the contribution that volunteers make in strengthening our community, and improving the quality of life for residents. The awards recognise both individual and group volunteering contributions.
Residents are invited to nominate a person or group that deserves recognition for the help they give to others.
Organisations and People Making a Difference
Recognition for people doing great things in the community.
Register your interest in Community Volunteering - General Volunteering
For those wanting to assist in community initiatives relating to coronavirus outbreak please follow the link to complete a specialised form: https://forms.gle/R9QNcSvAXqZ1SwN17
Generic Advice to those wanting to help in our Community:
CORONAVIRUS – HOW CAN YOU HELP in our Borough?
Here’s how you can volunteer to help and support others during the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.
Look out for your neighbours
The simplest thing everyone can do right now is look out for their neighbours and offer help with shopping and other errands.
It's not just about neighbours who are self-isolating or vulnerable. Other people in the community who might also appreciate help are:
- stretched medical staff and volunteers
- staff and volunteers in key worker roles
- supermarket workers
- delivery drivers.
Stay safe when supporting others
- Keep washing your hands often for 20 seconds.
- Stay at least two metres - about three steps - away from people you’re helping.
- If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – don’t be afraid to flag with appropriate statutory services.
- Support family, friends and neighbours by phone or video call.
- Offer to run errands for people but stay outside of people’s homes.
- Let family and friends know what you’re doing.
- Don’t take on too much - it's often better not to offer at all than to let someone down.