Volunteers Week 2022

Volunteers’ Week takes place on Wednesday 1 June to Tuesday 7 June, and is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering. 

It is an opportunity to say thank you for the amazing contribution that hundreds of volunteers make every week across Bracknell Forest in supporting our communities. The power of volunteering is clearer than ever.

Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

The past couple of years have highlighted the vital role volunteers play across the UK. It goes without saying that the pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone’s lives, and volunteers played a key role in the response.

“All volunteers have made an incredible difference to people in their local area, and have helped to support residents in returning to life post pandemic.

This is a time for us to come together and thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution. I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of them for their time and commitment.” 

Volunteering brings its own reward. It can increase a person’s wellbeing, bring a closer connection to their local communities, and provide new skills and experience. There are many opportunities to get involved in volunteering and support your community whatever your skills, interests or availability.  

Malcolm, a semi-retired accountant and volunteer for Bracknell Conservation Volunteers, said:

“For me, volunteering gets me out of the house, which is important, especially in the winter. It gives me a sense of achieving something by making the local environment a slightly better place.

“Most residents appreciate what we’re doing, and it gives me the opportunity to meet new people. Broadly, our group all have the same values and mindset but have very different backgrounds. We do, usually, have fun!

 Michele, who is also a volunteer at Bracknell Conservation Volunteers, said:

“It's good to put something back into the local environment. I stopped working full time last summer and wanted a new outdoor focus.

“I enjoy tasks where a difference can be seen before and after, they keep me fit and I'm finding new places I'd never been to or heard of, like the various meadows and small urban copses. I have also made new friends, and it feels like the next stage in my life from having my previous group of work colleagues and routines.”

Philip Bell, CEO at Involve Community Services, said:

“Volunteering brings incredible value to people and communities. Never have we seen this more evident than during the pandemic. There are many forms of volunteering to be tried, all of which can be hugely fulfilling.” 

There are lots of different ways for you to volunteer and make an impact. Visit the Volunteer Portal to find out more about volunteering in Bracknell Forest.