Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System

Campaign about to start to encourage people to volunteer

September/October 2019
Suffolk Action Week Planning Group, from left to right: Emma Francis, Emmaus, Diane Moore and James Powell, Suffolk Libraries, Sarah Stapleton, Family First, Kate Yates, West Suffolk Sight, Janet Perry, Community Action Suffolk. Picture by Community Action Suffolk

The initiative took place between Monday 30 September and Sunday 6 October and promoted the wide variety of volunteering opportunities that are available in the county.

Janet Perry, Volunteer Services Officer for Community Action Suffolk, said: “Volunteering is something which can fit into the lives of the vast majority of people – whether you’re 12 or 80-years-old.  As a county, we have such a diverse range of organisations in the voluntary sector, that it provides scope for people to take a role which is a perfect fit with their lifestyle, their hobbies, or their passions.  You can give as little as an hour a month, or 25 hours a month, and be taking on a responsibility as a mentor, an event fundraiser, a museum visitor guide, a scout leader, a reader for young children – or countless other options.”

Eight volunteer fairs took place at libraries in Suffolk during the week which  provided opportunities for visitors to find out about available roles as well as to learn why volunteering is good for mental health and wellbeing.