Celebrating Volunteers’ Week
WOODEN Spoon is celebrating Volunteers Week, which runs from 1-7 June, by thanking its 280 current volunteers and looking to recruit new volunteers from across the UK and Ireland to the organisation.
The charity has a unique fundraising model, where volunteers drive over half of the charity’s income and every penny raised locally is spent locally. The money raised funds life-changing projects to support children and young people with disabilities or facing disadvantage. In the last year, more than 70 projects were funded including respite and medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and community-based programmes.
The support of volunteers working on behalf of Wooden Spoon enables the charity to fund local projects. For example, in Hampshire a donation of £25,000 towards an adventure playground at Farnborough’s Henry Tyndale School has made a massive difference to the children. Rob Thompson, head teacher of the community special needs school said; “Play is important to all children, but especially those with special needs who often get fewer opportunities. As well as getting them active, it is great for their social skills and also includes all the children together which is really important to us.”
Wooden Spoon CEO, Sarah Webb said: “Our volunteers are at the heart of our organisation. They are central to everything we do. In the 35 years our charity has been running, our volunteer groups have enabled us to fund more than 650 projects across the UK and Ireland. Their support is crucial.
“At present we can only fund one in four grant applications that we receive, but with more volunteer support we could help more children and young people who are in need in the local area. We have a range of roles from social media and admin support, to liaison with rugby clubs and people who can help support at our events.
“In the words of Winston Churchill; “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”