Donate your spare time for Volunteers’ Week

A quiz master, events reporter and community gardener are just some of the opportunities available for people with a few hours to spare to help the community.

Malvern Hills District Council is encouraging residents to offer some of their free time to support a wide range of groups and organisations as part of national Volunteers’ Week (1 to 12 June).

Over the last couple of years, Malvern Hills Volunteering has helped more than 550 people to identify opportunities for volunteering and supported more than 100 other organisations with their volunteering needs.

The organisation was created in September 2010 following the closure of the Volunteer Centre in Malvern. It was set up by Richard West, of South Worcestershire Citizens Advice Bureau, Kay Bromley, former volunteer centre organiser, Diane Bellamy, former Chief Executive of Community Action and Malvern Hills District Council.

There are currently 224 volunteering positions available through Malvern Hills Volunteering. Volunteering has a range of benefits. It is a good way for people to build their CV by gaining experience and news skills as well as providing a chance to meet new friends and contribute to the community. Volunteering can also help to boost self- esteem, gives a sense of purpose, and provides enjoyment in people’s lives.

Jacqueline Smith, Volunteer Development Worker at Malvern Hills Volunteering, said: “Malvern Hills Volunteering’s key aims are to encourage and develop opportunities for volunteering throughout the Malvern Hills District with a variety of voluntary organisations, and to assist potential volunteers to overcome barriers, develop new skills and support their local communities through their volunteering work”.

Cllr David Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Healthier Communities on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “As part of the council’s five year plan, our priority is to support and promote volunteering within the community. Being a volunteer myself, I have received so many benefits as a result and I can certainly recommend taking up an opportunity with Malvern Hills Volunteering.”

Weekly drop in one-to-one sessions for new volunteers are also held in Malvern, Tenbury Wells and Upton on Severn. Information can be found on the Malvern Hills Volunteering website.

During Volunteers’ Week, volunteering opportunities can be found on the Malvern Hills District Council’s website and will also be tweeted by the council’s twitter account @MHDCComms.