It’s an opportunity to shine a light on those individuals who are giving back to the amazing communities we live in.

Volunteers’ Week takes place each year on 1-7 June in the UK to celebrate volunteering and take some time to thank volunteers for everything they do. As Volunteers’ Week this year falls at the same time at the Queen’s Jubilee, VAL is extending our local celebrations this year to the whole of June as a ‘FestiVAL’ of Volunteering, so it is a great time for you think about getting involved as a volunteer!

Volunteering is a crucial part of local communities, helping to connect people together, make sure that the most vulnerable members of society are supported and creating opportunities for organisations to have a greater impact on people’s lives.

To find out more about what we are doing for Volunteers Week click here.

Organisation of the Month

We would like to introduce our Organisation of the Month: ‘Barwell & Hollycroft Surgery’
The VAL Volunteering team helps to find volunteer telephone befrienders, for the Barwell & Hollycroft Surgery Telephone Befriending Service’. The volunteers have worked really hard in keeping conversations going through COVID, and they are looking forward to getting involved with activities which will bring some of the most vulnerable people out of their homes into a safe environment where they can engage once again with people around them.

Barwell & Hollycroft Surgery Befriending service

Three years ago the Patient Participation Group (PPG) at the surgery was asked to look at the idea of a Befriending service. Many GP practices are visited by patients who are struggling with loneliness. The pressures on GP surgeries mean that GP’s do not have the time to spend chatting to people to help alleviate their feelings of loneliness.

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FestiVAL Events

Come along and join us to celebrate our #MonthofCommunity festival. Here is the list of events which we are holding as part of our festiVAL:

Wednesday 8 June 2022
VAL is working in partnership with local groups to organise a Networking Session for Oadby & Wigston groups, followed by a Community Roadshow. A face to face Community Roadshow Event hosted by, VAL, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, Active Oadby and Wigston, Helping Hands Community Trust and Leicestershire County Council.
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Thursday 9 June 2022
Community Spirit – Volunteering
FREE celebration event for Leicester and Leicestershire Volunteers! Share your story & create part of a community artwork. Join our free event to celebrate and share. We want to record the amazing work volunteers did to keep us all going through lockdown and beyond
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Tuesday 14 June 2022
Voluntary Action LeicesterShire are holding the next Volunteer Network and Learn event in partnership with Blaby District Council. The Network is an opportunity to come together to share good practice, get updates on changes to volunteering policies and learn about how to best recruit, manage and train your volunteers.
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Tuesday 21 June 2022 – Volunteering and the Law
10am – 12pm
This session focuses on the legal obligations in managing volunteers.

The aim of the session is to give managers of volunteers a better understanding of their legal obligations in managing their volunteers effectively.
Please note a maximum of 2 people per organisation
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Start your volunteering journey today

Volunteering makes such a huge difference to other people’s lives, but the biggest impact it can have is on you! Have a look at our VAL Volunteering website to find out how you can get involved in something new and start your volunteering difference.

Make a difference today to a local organisation, your local community, but most importantly, make a difference to your own life!

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8 ways you can give back to your community

If you are looking for inspiration, here are eight ways you can get involved and give back to your community. Older people are extremely vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation. Loneliness can have a huge impact on an older person’s physical and mental health and contribute to a wide range of health conditions including heart conditions including heart disease and depression.

  • 1. Volunteering as a befriender to visit the elderly

    Volunteering to visit the elderly can provide a valuable source of interaction and help tackle loneliness and isolation in the older people. 


    A scheme to help people who are lonely with a regular telephone call from a Befriender. Get involved by volunteering at Barwell & Hollycroft Surgeries Befriending Scheme:
    Find out more here

  • 2. Volunteer for School Games National Final (1st to 4th September 2022)

    The 2022 School Games is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite athletes of school age and the aim is to create an inspirational and motivational setting, that provides our elite young sports people with the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels. 


    Find out more here

  • 3. Volunteer work placements that will help people to secure paid employment or a route into further education

    Shelter Housing Advice and Research Project (SHARP) Shelter Housing Advice and Research Project was established in 1974 by Leicester Shelter Group. We provide much-needed advice, help and support for people who have been homeless or facing serious housing problems in the City of Leicester and Leicestershire.


    We are currently Lottery funded and as part of that we are offering volunteer work placements that will help people to secure paid employment or a route into further education.

    Find out more here

  • 4. Looking for responsible and reliable volunteer drivers

    Bloodwise (Formally Leukemia & Lymphoma Research) is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma and melanoma. In the heart of Lutterworth, we run a very successful charity shop that raises vital funds for the work of the charity.


    We are looking for a responsible and reliable volunteer drivers mate to help in our furniture van, collecting and delivering donated furniture in the local area for our furniture and book charity shop.

    Find out more here

  • 5. Volunteer in an Animal Sanctuary

    Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary are an animal shelter based in Markfield.


    We rescue, care for and rehome a variety of cats, kittens, small animals and farm animals.

    Find out more here

  • 6. Help to support a group of adults with a learning disability with a cricket session

    You would be an additional pair of hands to help co-ordinate the session and spend time with the clients for VALUES project for the role of Cricket support for adults with a learning disability.


    Find out more here

  • 7. LOROS charity shop volunteer

    LOROS charity shop in Hinckley are looking for enthusiastic people to support the profitable running of our Hinckley town centre charity shop.


    You will work as part of a team of volunteers to receive and process donations, serve customers and help to create displays on the shop floor with new stock.

    Find out more

  • 8. Read Easy Coaching Volunteer

    Read Easy Leicester & District volunteer groups support local adults who want to learn to read or improve their reading skills, at their own pace and without pressure.


    The group provides trained Volunteer Reading Coaches to work on a confidential 1:1 basis to help adults learn to read.

    Find out more

Rosie is a freelance writer who has recently graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a degree in English Language. Read her article on volunteering and how this Volunteers Week is the ideal time to get involved with charitable projects in your local area.
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