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Volunteers’ Week 2016 – “If everyone did a little bit the world would be a better place”

It’s National Volunteers’ Week and we thought it would be a great time to share some of our volunteers stories.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK and takes place from the 1 – 12 June 2016.

Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and we are extremely grateful to have over 400 of these volunteers donate their time to Wooden Spoon.

Our dedicated volunteers donate their skills, time and talents to the charity, making an invaluable contribution to the projects we fund.

At Wooden Spoon we value all of our volunteer’s time and different sets of skills, from spreading the word about the work we do to donating their time in our Head Office or with one of our regions.

We spoke with two of our fantastic volunteers who donate their time at the Head Office to find out what they gain from their volunteer work.

Sarah Woodcock

Sarah Woodcock generously donates her time to a number of causes as well as Wooden Spoon, including: Sorting food at her local food bank, hosting a weekly coffee morning for older people, serving lunch at her local MS Society Monthly meets and driving people to their medical appointments.

Sarah joined Wooden Spoon on a voluntary basis in early 2015 after she had seen an advertisement. Sarah supports the Membership department, which is a vital role in the day-to-day running of the charity.

The work Sarah does for Wooden Spoon gives her the opportunity to build her admin skills amongst other things.

Sarah said, “Whilst volunteering for Wooden Spoon I have met lots of different people and made new friends. I get a real sense of well-being as I know I have helped people directly and indirectly. My volunteer work helps me to appreciate my own life more.”

“Wooden Spoon made me feel welcome and valued from the very first day. I do feel part of the team and the work is varied and never boring! If everyone did a little bit the world would be a better place.”

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith was attracted to volunteering for Wooden Spoon through his connection with rugby and wanted to give something back into society.

Anthony started volunteering for Wooden Spoon in September 2015 and supports the charity with computer programming, business analysis and IT and business consultancy.

This work builds the development of Anthony’s technical and business skills as well as a personal satisfaction from making contributions that are beneficial to the charity.

Anthony, said: “For me, Wooden Spoon supports so many projects that have a great impact on the lives of the children concerned, the fundraising environment is positive and local. All of this combined with an underlying base of rugby people results in an environment with which you want to be involved.”

Join Sarah and Anthony in having a positive impact in your community. Volunteering with Wooden Spoon is a great way of supporting projects and causes local to you. Find out about the many ways you can get involved today.