The Big Walk 2017


The 3rd BIG Volunteer Walk was a huge success in spite of the weather!

THANK YOU to you, your wonderful volunteers and your amazing colleagues for turning out for our recent walk in spite of the awful weather – you were all complete troopers and we can’t fault your enthusiasm and community spirit; you make Rotherham proud every day but on 6th June you exceeded all expectations; you were FABULOUS!!  Please pass on our thanks and those of our Chief Exec Janet Wheatley to members of your teams for their support; we wouldn’t have an event if it weren’t for the creativity and commitment of Network members and the energy of your volunteers.

A huge THANKS too to those Network members who came forward and gave lots of time to the Working Group, it wasn’t just meetings either it was countless telephone conversations, emails, compiling a risk assessment, chasing groups, creating a display, creating lists!  Then on the day you rallied to blow up balloons, fetch cake and fruit, set up tables, take photographs, talk to the media, we really couldn’t have done it without you, you were fantastic; a real credit to the organisations you work for and to the Network itself, thank you.

Thanks too to those of you who provided mascots for the day – how good were they again?!!

(Picture by Kerrie Beddows, Rotherham Advertiser)

Images and Memories from the day: For information, we’ve already shared lots of lovely photos from the event via social media.  Check out the Rotherham Volunteer Coordinator Network facebook page to see lots of photos including a Photo Gallery produced by Rotherham Advertiser and a film produced by Sheffield Live (also shown below).  There are more photos on the VAR website which we hope to build on in the coming weeks so please signpost members of your team there.  If you have some good photos from the day please post these on our facebook page and/or send them to this dedicated email account:  thank you.  If you tweet, we are continuing to use #volunteerwalk to share media coverage of the event and photos from the day so please tweet and re-tweet, thank you.  There’s also a live twitter feed on the VAR website – we didn’t achieve this on the day due to problems with internet coverage but it’s on the walk page if you’d like to take a look at how people have used it and are continuing to use it.

(Pictures by Kerrie Beddows, Rotherham Advertiser)

Growing Volunteer Involvement: Further to this meeting, we’d like to give more volunteers from your organisations and groups the chance to pass on their experience of the day and to possibly get more involved in the planning of The BIG Volunteer Walk 2018 if they so choose.  It could be that you have a volunteer who has taken part for the past few years and who is familiar with the format and keen to share their experience of what worked or didn’t work from their point of view and have greater ownership.  Or it might be that a volunteer from the team of 49,000 volunteers that are out there and not linked to the Network, comes forward with a view to being more involved.  Either way we would like to invite volunteers from your organisations to come together for an informal meeting here at VAR on Thurs 14th Sept 10am-12Noon, to share their views and possibly identify a role for themselves or be supported with your help to identify a role linked to The BIG Volunteer Walk 2018.

The BIG Volunteer Walk 2018 – Save the Date!: Whilst NCVO is in the process of collating feedback from up and down the country in terms of National Volunteers’ Week 2017, taking account of concerns linked to school holidays and Ramadan, it still seems likely that we’ll be looking at 1-7 June 2018. However, we would still like to take these into account and our suggestion for next year is the afternoon of Tues 26th June 2018!  Be sure to get this date in your diary!!!


Volunteering celebrated in Rotherham Big Walk from Sheffield Live on Vimeo.

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