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Residents urged to get involved for Volunteer's Week 2019

Published: 30 May 2019

Look out for drop-in sessions, information events and more as we encourage people to get involved with their communities during Volunteer Week 2019.

Now in its 35th year, the annual campaign aims to recognise, celebrate and thank volunteers as well as encourage people across the country to help out in their local areas.

From Saturday 1 June to Friday 7 June 2019, community-minded residents will have the chance to learn about the variety of volunteering opportunities available in Derbyshire at events being held around the county, including:

  • Monday 3 June and Wednesday 5 June 2019 - Volunteer Passport stall based at County Hall, Matlock – come and find out more about the Volunteer Passport scheme
  • Tuesday 4 June 2019 – Building Resilience Hub, 96 Market Street, Shirebrook from 10am to 2pm - find out more about volunteering opportunities in Derbyshire
  • Wednesday 5 June 2019 – Amber Valley CVS, 33 Market Place, Ripley, from 5:30pm to 7pm - find out about volunteering opportunities in Amber Valley - for more information contact Kirsty Barker, tel: 01773 512076
  • Thursday 6 June 2019 – Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, from 10am to 3pm - Volunteers’ Open Day – for more information contact Linda Brown, tel: 0115 9466740

We support a number of different schemes and projects around Derbyshire that provide people with opportunities to volunteer.     

They range from helping out our emergency planning department when crises hit as part of the Derbyshire Emergency Volunteers team, to helping someone with their weekly shopping with the popular Time Swap initiative.

In addition, our Volunteer Passport scheme gives people free key training to help with lots of different aspects of volunteering – including training in equality and diversity, safeguarding, health and safety and first aid.

Training sessions are held throughout the year across Derbyshire and people don’t need any previous formal qualifications to take part.   

Since its launch in 2009, around 3,000 people in the county have gained their volunteer passport – with ages of participants ranging from 7 to 87 years old.

The scheme works closely with other council initiatives like the Disability Employment Service to help people of all abilities find volunteering opportunities.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:

“Volunteers in Derbyshire are hugely important to the community and help us support a wide range of activities and services.

“While opportunities to help out are available all year-round, Volunteer’s Week provides the perfect chance to let residents know about the various different ways they can give their time to help others.

“There are lots of ways to get involved – whether that’s getting out and about with our Countryside Service, helping out at museums or being part of our befriending service supporting isolated adults – there’s something for everyone.”

You can also use our in-depth Derbyshire Directory – which lists more than 3,000 voluntary and charitable organisations in the county.

Find out more information about volunteering in Derbyshire or the disability employment service.