Volunteers' Week 2017
by Chris Cowcher,

ACRE is proud to be supporting Volunteers’ Week from 1st to 7th June. It is an annual celebration of the contribution that millions of volunteers across the UK make to their communities. NCVO is the national lead for Volunteers’ Week in England with UK partners WCVA, Volunteer Scotland, and Volunteer Now. A short blog was published last week highlighting some activity and we are encouraging ACRE Network members to let us know what they are doing, and what is happening across rural areas in their County.

“ACRE will be using our Twitter and Facebook accounts to highlight the impact volunteers have on rural communities... join in with our celebrations”

The contribution that volunteers make to rural communities from managing the village hall, supporting good neighbour schemes, developing neighbourhood plans and driving mini buses as part of community transport schemes is vital for maintaining vibrant and sustainable rural communities. Social activities, clubs, classes all help to combat loneliness and build a sense of community spirit and are predominately organised and run by volunteers.

The Community Council of Somerset have told us that they will be highlighting the Somerset ‘You Can Do’ campaign, Humber & Wolds RCC will be promoting volunteer driving across North and North East Lincolnshire and Durham Community Action are holding a volunteering celebration event at Beamish Museum. Have a read of our blog to find out what’s happening in your area.

Chris Cowcher said “ACRE will be using our Twitter and Facebook accounts to highlight the impact volunteers have on rural communities and to put the work of our ACRE Network organisations in supporting volunteers in the spotlight. Look out for our blogs, tweets and Facebook posts and join in with our celebrations”

There are millions of people and thousands of communities and businesses that live and work in rural areas not to mentions mention the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who support people with their daily living needs so it’s a contribution well worth celebrating.