Celebrating Volunteering in Rotherham with “Count me in again…”

27th May 2016

count me inPeople living and working in Rotherham may not realise that approximately 49,000 volunteers (including 12,300 committee or board members) contribute approximately 85,300 hours of their time per week (with an estimated economic contribution of £88 mil) to services and activities that we have come to take for granted. Whether it be putting on football training for our children, organising a litter pick in the local church yard or acting as a befrienders to our loved ones, volunteers help to make these services happen and without them we’d be pretty stuck.

In recognition of this valued contribution, the team at Voluntary Action Rotherham and their partners, have been gearing up for Count Me In 3; when the whole month of June is given over to activities and events to celebrate our volunteers and raise the profile of volunteering in Rotherham. Count Me In 3 is Rotherham’s contribution to ‘The Big Celebration’ or National Volunteers’ Week; an annual event which this year has been extended from 1-12 June to recognise the fantastic celebration millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Here in Rotherham we kick off Count Me In 3 with The Big Walk on the afternoon of Tuesday 7th June from Clifton Park down through the town centre and on to Rotherham Minster with over 200 volunteers and supporters from across the borough. This walk also marks the start of a programme of activities planned by the Rotherham Together Partnership, who have supported this event.    It is great to be part of their initiative ‘Let’s Get Rotherham Talking’ and promote community spirit.  We are excited to work in partnership for this special event.

We will also celebrate local charities on Small Charities Day on Friday 17th June 1-3pm here at VAR, where local businesses are invited to join voluntary and community sector staff and volunteers, to have a cuppa and a natter! Let’s get Rotherham Talking…to each other. Businesses have lots to offer local charities and it not all about money…skills and time from our business leaders would go a long way to support some of our smaller groups.

There will be a number of other initiatives taking place throughout the month and we would encourage people to check out the events calendar on Voluntary Action Rotherham website…