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Joan Brandon Chief Executive Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Bureau gives thanks to our volunteers and encourages others to get involved
As it is National Volunteers Week I have been thinking what is a Volunteer. Most of us don't realise that we all at sometime have been helped by Volunteers.
How many of you have had friends, neighbours, family baby sit for you, get shopping, drive you somewhere, help you with your garden, take your children to school when you are unwell.
These are some of the tasks we at sometime have all needed help with and I am sure you can all think of more ways people have helped you.
This is informal VOLUNTEERING.
Please take time to thank them this week as a way of recognising they gave up their time quite happily.
There are also thousands of Volunteers giving up regular hours each week in Barking and Dagenham helping Community Groups, Community Groups, in Schools, Hospitals, Cleaning up our Parks and Streets, Helping in Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts, Youth Clubs, Older Peoples Groups to name just a few. The list is endless. Try to think who has helped me or my family by Volunteering.
Perhaps this week is a good time to sit and think I have an hour to spare what can I offer as,a Volunteer.
We are waiting to hear from you.
Volunteers from BDSWA receiving their certificates during National Volunteer Week 2018 from Joan Brandon and Lynne Hopkins (BDVB)
Community crafting group organiser Kim French with volunteers from her Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Centre Get Together Group
More Volunteering Awards given to Lisa Ann, Nicky & Christine celebrating volunteer week.