Volunteers' Week 2022

Here at Leicestershire County Council we love volunteers and are so proud of the work that they do. That's why we are excited to be taking part in the National Volunteers' Week to celebrate the fantastic efforts and achievements of our volunteers!

Volunteers' Week takes place 1st - 7th June every year and it's our chance to say a big thank you for their amazing contributions!

Did you know that it is estimated over 12 million people volunteered during the pandemic in the UK?

It goes without saying that volunteers have played a key role in the pandemic response and perhaps you to volunteered in your own way without realising!

  • Did you help a neighbour out?
  • Did you do a food shop for a isolating family member?

All these acts of kindness may seem natural or normal, but the very definition of volunteering is offering to help out!

Back in May we were delighted that the Chairman of Leicestershire County Council hosted a brunch event to celebrate our volunteers and their contributions over the last year.

It was great to bring together all our volunteers from those working to tackle food waste, to projects supporting children and mentoring. // Volunteering is extremely personal and often our volunteers are motivated by the desire to give back to their communities. By joining a volunteer group you not only become part of a likeminded group and develop new skills, but you also get that feel good factor from having a positive impact in your local community.

Message from our Chairman and Lead Member

"This Volunteers' Week, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the hundreds of people who support us by volunteering across our departments. Your time, effort and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated."

~ Dr Kevin Feltham, Leicestershire County Council Chairman

Happy Volunteers' Week! "As Lead Member for Community and Staff Relations, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who volunteer for Leicestershire County Council in your many and varied roles. This Volunteers Week, in particular, I would like to acknowledge the hard work you all put into giving back to your communities and helping to make Leicestershire a great place to live.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is how essential it is to rally together and how volunteering can make a real difference. During the pandemic, more than 12 million people in the UK put themselves forward to volunteer to support their communities. It is my sincere belief that this community spirit will only continue and strengthen.

I am proud of the volunteering work done here at the council and in the community and look forward to seeing it flourish even more over the next year."

~ Mrs Posnett, Lead Member for Community and Staff Relations

Our Volunteers

The theme this year for National Volunteers' Week is a time to say thanks! Volunteers are often unsung heroes and play a massive role in supporting and improving their local communities.

First up this week we want to shine a spotlight on the Anand Mangal Ladies Group. This talented group of ladies have been working with us to share their South Asian culture, stories and memories, and were shortlisted for a prestigious national volunteering award at the Museum and Heritage Awards.

Working with our communities and wellbeing service since 2019, they co-curated the Stitching Traditions exhibition at Charnwood Museum, which used fashion and textiles to explore the traditions and memories of the Partition of India.

Thank you Anand Mangal Ladies for all that you do!

Have you heard about our Community Fridges volunteering project?

The Community Fridges project is run by volunteers and managed by the Children and Families Wellbeing Service in Wigston. This project aims to reduce food waste going to landfill by offering food for free to the local community sourced from local supermarkets and donations. This is an incredibly successful project which partners with over 5 different supermarkets and with local schools.

Volunteers collect food from supermarkets, which is going out of date and would otherwise be heading to landfill, and offer it from their base in Wigston. The Community Fridge is for absolutely anyone to come and use as their aim is to simply reduce food waste.

There are so many wonderful volunteering opportunities to get involved with and you truly do join a fantastic community of like-minded individuals.

Watermead Country parkrun was established in 2021 and is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event! It is fully inclusive, irrespective of age, speed or level of fitness. Don't take our word for it, check out what volunteers have to say below!

"Volunteering at Watermead parkrun is the best way to start my weekend. It gives me a reason to get up and out, no matter the weather and provides me with a safe space where I am surrounded by lovely people. It encourages me to be active, whether it be walking to the meeting point or running the course. I love that there are a variety of roles, and options which allow me to volunteer and still run the course."